Coronation Street scriptwriter Debbie Oates visited OSFC on 19 June to talk to students about pathways into the entertainment industry and her own successful career path in this highly competitive field – topics of particular interest to those who want to pursue a career in writing, production or performance. Whilst here she talked about her experiences, both in Coronation Street and other television shows, giving students a glimpse into the life of a writer, as well as some useful advice about casting, pre and post production. She even gave the students a working script used in an episode of Coronation Street. Debbie then invited questions from all the students, giving them invaluable advice on how to take their careers forward, what to think about for the future and what they might expect.
Elizabeth Ramsay, Head of Performing Arts and Media, said “Debbie’s talk was extremely inspiring and really beneficial for our students. We’re very grateful to her for giving up her time to come into College and share her personal experiences with them, as well as passing on some fantastic advice.”
Debbie has also been involved in writing for a number of other TV programmes including Primeval and Brookside, and writing for theatre. She already knows the College well as her late mother, Gloria Oates OBE, was a long serving Chair of Governors here.
She said ‘It was great to meet such an enthusiastic group of students and to hear their questions about writing and the TV industry. I hope I was of some use and wish them all luck in their future careers’.