Salford-based soap Coronation Street, or Corrie, as it is affectionately known by its millions
of fans, has been showing on TV since 1960, making it the world’s longest running soap
opera. The era-defying show, set in the fictional northern town of Weatherfield, is a British
institution which also has an international audience.
After a break due to the pandemic last year, Corrie is now back on our screens, and filming is
pretty much back-to-back to keep up with the three-episode a week schedule. Its cast is a
rolling list of about 80 diverse members, and the alumni of this show include Joanna Lumley,
Sir Ben Kingsley, and Suranne Jones.
Corrie has its own dedicated team of casting directors (CDs) who are always on the look out
for fresh talent. According to Backstage, they run workshops, go to local theatres, and check
out anywhere they are likely to spot authentic actors who sound like they are from the local
area. This doesn’t mean you have to be from Manc if you are great at accents!
One piece of basic advice the CDs give is to actually watch the programme and show some
enthusiasm for it. CD Joanne Moss also offers these very sensible guidelines for aspiring
“Dress for the role – if you are auditioning to play a mechanic, don’t turn up in a three-
piece suit! Don’t be afraid to ask if you can read again if you felt it didn’t go well. Don’t put
too much pressure on yourself to learn the script when reading (unless you have been sent
the script in advance) – just keep the script close by to refer to.”
Corrie prides itself on engaging with the local drama community, so if you are out there and
involved with acting classes, anything is possible! Don’t worry if an audition doesn’t work
out first time; it will generally be because you didn’t match up with an existing cast member
rather than anything personal, and you may be asked to try out for another part soon.
For acting classes in Manchester, please get in touch today.