David Neilson and Chris Gascoyne have passion for plays

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 April 2013
David Neilson

David Neilson

Coronation Street's David Neilson and Chris Gascoyne love rehearsing high-brow plays together when they have a break from filming

Coronation Street's David Neilson and Chris Gascoyne love rehearsing plays together.

The pair - who play Roy Cropper and Peter Barlow - are "very serious actors" who enjoy using their downtime between scenes by running through dialogue from Nobel Prize-winning playwright Samuel Beckett and even get their colleagues Stephanie Cole and Malcolm Hebden to join in.

A source said: "You would not necessarily think it from watching them on-screen, but Chris and David are very serious actors. They love running through lines from Samuel Beckett plays and discussing his work.

"They are particularly interested in one of his plays and one day they would love to put on a production together.

"They are far too busy at the moment, but maybe in a couple of years they'll take some time off and go for it.

"When they need a hand with any of the scenes they get Sylvia and Malcolm to help.

"People wouldn't put Chris and David together -- they're from different generations and their onscreen personas are at opposite ends of the scale -- but they are great mates.

"Still, you couldn't imagine Peter and Roy having an intellectual debate about the work of Samuel Beckett."

David and Chris' high-brow passion is a stark contrast to the relaxation choices made by some of their younger colleagues.

The source added to The Sun newspaper: "It really is quite a strange sight and not one you'd expect to find backstage at 'Corrie'. It's a bit of a contrast to the green room when some of the younger cast members are in there. They prefer to talk about clothes, cars and nights out."

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