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Katie Mulgrew appears in Coronation Street shows 150 150 mhamer

Katie Mulgrew appears in Coronation Street shows

Katie Mulgrew has been appearing in Coronation Street

Katie Mulgrew, stand-up comedian and Jimmy Cricket’s daughter, has been appearing in Coronation Street.

Well-known Northern Irish entertainer Jimmy, 72, tweeted (above) that Katie was in Monday’s episodes of the popular soap and will appear on Wednesday as well.

She had a talking part in Monday’s first episode (see 18.38 in a rerun of the show here) and appears again in the second one.

Katie, from Rochdale, is also a writer and was recently one of three winners of the Northern Writers Award run by Kudos North, the Manchester-based production arm of Kudos.

Daughter Katie Mulgrew wins Kudos North award 150 150 mhamer

Daughter Katie Mulgrew wins Kudos North award

One of Jimmy Cricket’s daughters has won a prestigious award for her writing.

Katie Mulgrew

Katie Mulgrew (right), a writer and stand-up comedian from Rochdale, was one of three winners of the Northern Writers Award run by Kudos North, the Manchester-based production arm of Kudos.

The awards, run in conjunction with the BBC Writersroom, were launched in October 2017 to identify and nurture emerging northern voices. Judges were so overwhelmed by the standard of entries that three, rather than the previously stipulated two, winners were selected.

The trio each receive a £2,000 prize to get an idea developed with mentorship from acclaimed northern writers Danny Brocklehurst and Stephen Butchard.

Katie had her first full-length play, Omnibus, staged at the Liverpool Unity Theatre in 2017. She has written for BBC Radio 4’s Newsquiz and script-edited the award-winning short film Ctrl Z.

Katie Mulgrew was one of three winners of the Kudos North award

Proud dad Jimmy said on social media channel Twitter: “Congratulations to my daughter Katie who has won this prestigious award as a talented writer!”

The other two award winners were Niki Rooney, a writer from Glasgow who has written extensively for Hollyoaks (C4) and tween drama Ride (Nickelodeon), and Helen Black, an author from Pontefract in West Yorkshire who has six published books in her Lily Valentine series alongside a new fiction series called Taking Liberties.

Laura Conway, Development Producer at Kudos North, said: “I am thrilled to find three fabulous Northern voices who are new to both Kudos and the BBC Writersroom.

“The level of work was extremely high which made the decision near impossible but Katie, Helen and Niki all expressed clear, urgent visions for their pitches and created characters which stayed with me long after the judging day.

“Championing top talent is what this award is all about and to find three exceptional, female writers is genuinely exciting – I can’t wait to get cracking on development.”

From 300 scripts received, 23 were invited to submit a one-page pitch for a TV drama series idea. These were read by judges and whittled down to six, which were invited to BBC Media City in Manchester to pitch their idea to a panel including Ayela Butt, BBC Drama Co –Commissioner, Anne Edyvean, Head of the BBC Writersroom, Sarah Stack, Head of Development at Kudos and Laura Conway Development Producer at Kudos North.

The winners will now be given one-on-one support by Kudos North in developing their idea before presenting to BBC commissioner Mona Qureshi and co-commissioner Ayela Butt.

Katie Mulgrew features on BBC Radio 4 Extra 150 150 mhamer

Katie Mulgrew features on BBC Radio 4 Extra

 

 

The best in contemporary comedy. Tom Wrigglesworth chats to Katie Mulgrew on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Jimmy Cricket’s comedian daughter Katie Mulgrew featured on BBC Radio 4 Extra’s The Comedy Club Interviews series recently.

Katie (pictured below right), who has performed three solo stand-up shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, was interviewed by BBC presenter Tom Wrigglesworth.

The interview can be heard here.

Her famous dad posted on Twitter saying it was a “lovely funny interview”.Katie Mulgrew

She won the inaugural 2015 Liverpool Hope play-writing prize with her play Omnibus.

It was staged at the Unity Theatre in June 2017 in a co-production with the Liverpool Royal Court to rave reviews.

Find out more about Katie here.

 

Julius Caesar, UK prime ministers and Omnibus 150 150 mhamer

Julius Caesar, UK prime ministers and Omnibus

Jimmy Cricket's column in the Lancashire Evening Post

Jimmy Cricket talked about Julius Caesar, British prime ministers and an award-winning play written by one of his daughters in a recent newspaper column.

Writing in the Preston-based Lancashire Evening Post (LEP), the famous entertainer, 71, mentions Omnibus, which was staged for the first time in Liverpool in June.

Omnibus, written by comedian Katie Mulgrew, was the winner two years ago of the first ever Liverpool Hope University play-writing prize. It is about a group of friends following a soap opera.

And she was given the opportunity to see her debut play on stage when it was performed at the Unity Theatre Liverpool in association with the Royal Court (which was closed for development work) to rave reviews!

Katie Mulgrew’s ‘play is very funny’ – The Stage 150 150 mhamer

Katie Mulgrew’s ‘play is very funny’ – The Stage

Jimmy Cricket and Katie Mulgrew
An award-winning play written by Jimmy Cricket’s daughter, Katie Mulgrew, is being staged in Liverpool this week.
Review of Katie Mulgrew's play, Omnibus

Review of Katie Mulgrew’s debut play in The Stage

Comedian Katie (pictured above with Jimmy) was the winner two years ago of the first ever Liverpool Hope University play-writing prize, with her work entitled Omnibus, which follows a group of friends following a soap opera.

Not only did she earn herself £10,000 in the process, but she was given the opportunity to see her debut play produced by the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool.
And it is currently being performed at the Unity Theatre Liverpool in association with the Royal Court, which is closed for development work, to rave reviews!
The Stage, the world’s oldest and best theatre publication, says in a review: “The plot manages to stay just the right side of plausible to hold the audience’s attention and the play has a satisfying overall shape to it.”
It also tweeted: “Entertaining and very funny debut play by .”
Review of Katie Mulgrew's play, Omnibus
Plugging Katie’s show at Edinburgh Fast Fringe 150 150 mhamer

Plugging Katie’s show at Edinburgh Fast Fringe

Jimmy Cricket's September column in the Lancashire Evening Post

Jimmy Cricket did a spot of promoting at this year’s popular Edinburgh Festival Fringe – but not for his own show.

The famous entertainer was there primarily to support his daughter, comedienne Katie Mulgrew, and that included some baby-sitting.

Katie, below right, had her own show at this year’s festival fringe called Saboteur.

Katie Mulgrew, Jimmy Cricket's daughter, had her own show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe called Saboteur

Jimmy, 70, not only popped along to see her act, but was present in Edinburgh to help look after his grandson, Jim, who is Katie’s nearly one-year-old baby.

And he ended up plugging her performance in a brief bit of his own stand-up at the Fast Fringe – as he told readers of his latest column in the Lancashire Evening Post.

“Comedians who have a show up in Edinburgh can go on the Fast Fringe and do a three-minute spot,” explained Jimmy.

“Then at the end of it, they say something like: ‘Well folks, if you’ve enjoyed my little stint, perhaps you might like to see my full 60-minute set. In that case, I’m appearing at…’ then they mention the location of their gig.

“… As I didn’t have a show of my own, when I finished my set I plugged Katie’s show instead.

“Well, I had a stab at this but as I struggled to remember the exact location, I heard my daughter’s voice from the audience shout ‘Sunnyside Social Club, Barraclough Street’.

“Well, you’ll have to admit it’s a bit of a tongue twister.

“A few days later, I went to see Katie’s show and I was as proud as punch!”

Baby sitting, Jive Aces & meeting ‘Big Bird’ at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 150 150 mhamer

Baby sitting, Jive Aces & meeting ‘Big Bird’ at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe