The early life and career of Tony Warren, creator of Coronation Street, the world’s longest-running continuing drama, will be remembered in an exhibition at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, which is operated by Salford Community Leisure.
Four Miles from Manchester; Tony Warren’s Coronation Street runs from Saturday 21 October 2017 to Tuesday 3 July 2018.
The exhibition will showcase aspects of Tony’s life, documenting him growing up in Pendlebury, Salford, where he absorbed the streets, people and sounds surrounding him, eventually leading him into a career in script writing.
Original scripts and other items from his early writing career will be on show as ‘Four Miles from Manchester’ tells the story of the Salford legend’s journey to creating, Coronation Street, an innovation of its time, telling stories of ordinary people, on an ordinary street.
As a child, Tony remembered visiting his grandmother’s house, where he would sit under the table and listen to the speech patterns of his female relatives. The exhibition will bring these moments to life and will include a replica living room scene from the 1950s/60s, the opportunity to watch the first episode of Coronation Street and showcase personal items and photographs of Tony Warren brought together for the first time
1950s Salford was full of terraced houses, cobbled streets, industrial sights and sounds, and this scene is set at the exhibition with specially created paintings by local artist David Coulter, who grew up in the same place and time that Tony Warren did. David’s paintings show his love for cities and capture the atmosphere and grittiness of urban surroundings.
David Tucker of Tony Warren’s estate, said: “Tony was an amazing writer and he was a fantastic man who genuinely had an interest in anyone that he encountered. His knack for putting everyday drama down on paper and bringing it to life on our TV screens was second-to-none. I wanted the items from his career to be shared with the public and not shut away or sold. Tony approved an exhibition before he died. I am sure that he would be as thrilled as I am that it will be in his native Salford.”
Four Miles from Manchester; Tony Warren’s Coronation Street runs from Saturday 21 October 2017 to Tuesday 3 July 2018 at Salford Museum & Art Gallery, The crescent, Salford.