INTERVIEW: Coronation Street soapstar to reveal all

EVER wondered what goes on behind the camera on the set of two of Britain’s favourite soaps?

Well three familiar faces from Coronation Street and EastEnders will be revealing all in Soap Star Secrets, talking candidly about behind the scenes antics, and their lives on and off the small screen.

Dave Spinx (Keith Miller in EastEnders) will be joined by Coronation Street’s father and son pairing Charlie Lawson (Jim MacDonald) and Nick Cochrane (Andy MacDonald) at Stevenage’s Gordon Craig Theatre next week.

The Comet had a chat with Nick Cochrane - a regular on the ITV1 soap for seven years until 1997 - to get the inside scoop, ahead of the show on Saturday, November 7.

The last time Nick visited the theatre - “in about 1998 or 1999” - he was appearing in the play Spring and Port Wine, so his return is in a different direction entirely.

“It was born out of a conversation with a friend a few months and it seems it may be something that’s to the liking of the huge following of soap fans,” said the 37-year-old, who first appeared in the soap as a teenager.

“It’s something a bit different to go in the theatres and, while I love the theatre and have seen many great productions, unless you’re in the West End or a big city, theatres are looking for that.”

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So what secrets will you be spilling?

“It gives some of us the opportunity to have our say on things that have been in the press in the past about our private lives but it will be a good, lively show. The audience will be given the opportunity to ask some questions too.”

Any apprehensions about that?

“If there’s any questions that are a bit freaky it depends how freaky I suppose. But I am open to any questions really, I don’t think anyone has got any regrets so...”

On sharing the stage with Charlie Lawson, who made his first appearance as Jim in 1989, he said: “It will be good to see him. He’s a funny man and he’s been around the block and has got lots of great stories to tell.

“I’m looking forward to meeting Dave as the BBC might do things differently to Granada or International. So it will be good to get an insight into that as well.”

On keeping up-to-date with ‘Corrie’, he added: “Of course I do, if it’s not on it’s in the press. The programme is amazing and it’s an institution, and it’s the same over at the BBC as they do a great job with EastEnders.”

Tickets for Soap Star Secrets, which starts at 7.45pm, cost �16.

Call 01438 894802 or visit www.gordon-craig.co.uk to book.

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