Coronation Street stars take to the stage in Oldham

CORONATION STREET favourites Steven Arnold and Jonny Dixon are taking to the stage in Oldham to perform in a unique ‘ReTale’ shop to help revitalize the town.

Thick as Thieves, a new play by Mark Whiteley and directed by David Crowley, is a fast and furious comedy about two career convicts, their life of crime and a budgie.thick-as-thieves-1014

The play is part of Oldham Council’s ‘Independent Quarter Project’ which aims to bring businesses and consumers back to the High Street.

Steven Arnold (Ashley Peacock) plays Steph ‘the Earl’ Aston, a hard burglar with ambitions of building his own crew while Jonny Dixon (Darryl Morton) is ‘nice but dim’ Barry ‘the turd’ Ireland with a girlfriend and two kids who is struggling to go straight after leaving prison.

When the pair turn their hands to housebreaking it has hilarious consequences as the duo has to contend with an Asda delivery man, a dead budgie and a shocking discovery that could change their lives forever.

The play opens on September 23 at 8pm and will play until October 11 in the ‘ReTale’ shop, which is a former pram shop revamped by Hard Graft Theatre and offering just 45 seats for an intimate theatrical experience.

Mark Whiteley’s plays for Hard Graft Theatre include Burt n Joyce (winner of the TAPS comedy award), GRASS, Christmas at our Carols (runner up in the BBC’s Alfred Bradley Award), and adaptations of Red Riding Hood, Pinocchio, Hansel and Gretel, Babushka and the Elves and the Shoemaker.

David Crowley has worked for Hard Graft on numerous occasions and also works at ALRA North, while the production is designed by Celia Perkins, whose work includes Oldham Coliseum, Northern Broadsides, the New End Theatre Hampstead, Bel Air Theatre Cologne and Orange Tree Theatre Richmond.

Tickets for ‘Thick as Thieves’ are on sale now for £7.50 – £9.50 from Quay Tickets or the Hard Graft Theatre.

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