Old pals act

After writing a script eventually seen by 12.6 million people, writer Simon Crowther has to tailor his work for a smaller crowd as his new production shows at the Tron to an audience of 230.

Mr Crowther —who still writes for Coronation Street and was once the man behind their Christmas day episode — is not taking his foray into theatre lightly.

In The Ushers, Crowther doesn't stray too far from the day job (one of the stars is Vicky Binns – famous for her role as Molly in the long running soap).

Mr Crowther told Live: "It is a light-hearted play about ordinary things, friendship and its unwanted familiarity, leaving home and the politics of fancying your mate's sister.

"Seeing the final production, it really brings out the darker strains that ran underneath it all, the pathos and the doom".

The Ushers tells the story of Jed in 1996, who leaves Paisley to build roofs in Sheffield.

His life is good in England – he has his own flat, a girlfriend and he's young. However, the night before he's to return home for his sister's wedding, his oldest pal from Renfrewshire turns up.

This visit is followed by a number of others, including a drop in from old friend Chubby who is played by James Kirk, a graduate of drama at Langside college.

The 22-year-old Paisley born actor last year became the first Scottish winner in more than 20 years of the So you think you're funny awards.

Langside course director David Lee Michael told Live: "He's a very versatile actor, equally at home in drama and comedy".

There's a Paisley connection throughout the cast as lead Craig Porter (who plays Jed) started acting in the PACE youth theatre in Paisley.

Mr Kirk's director in The Ushers, Stuart Davids, is himself an RSAMD graduate and he has just finished a run directing The Apprentice.

The Ushers is on tonight, tomorrow and at The Tron theatre from 8pm. Phone 552 4267 for tickets