TV and film star George Costigan to give free talk at UCLan

Posted on - 10th November, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, UCLan, University campus, What's On in Preston

Renowned television, screen and theatre star will be sharing his tricks of the trade and discussing his 40-year career as he opens the UCLan Great Northern Creative Festival.


George Costigan, star of the 1987 hit film Rita, Sue and Bob Too who has also recently appeared in the award-winning television drama Happy Valley and Jed Mercurio’s Line of Duty, will come to Preston on Monday 13 November.

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During the free public event, George will talk about his career highlights including roles in Shirley Valentine, Calendar Girls, Scott and Bailey and Emmerdale.

Related: The Great Northern Creative Festival comes to UCLan this November

A screening of the Rita, Sue and Bob Too film will also follow the discussion with George, to mark the 30th anniversary of the iconic film.


George has also recently released his debut novel The Single Soldier, a story set in wartime France during the German occupation.

George said: “I believe in the arts, it’s given me my life.

“I also believe it’s a duty to support the arts locally, all over the country, because culture and the arts add hugely to people’s lives.”

This will be the fourth year the Great Northern Creative Festival is held at UCLan.

The festival’s aim is to showcase the creative talent in media, film, photography, journalism and performance at the University.

The event began as a platform to promote top quality student work and now attracts well-known national and international names, allowing the local community, students and staff to come together and enjoy the stimulating and thought-provoking event.

Alan Keegan, Director of Business Development at UK Partnerships and Great Northern Creative Festival Co-ordinator, said: “Here at the University of Central Lancashire we are delighted to be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Rita, Sue and Bob Too and we’re honoured to have George Costigan here sharing his words of wisdom as part of the UCLan Great Northern Creative Festival.”

George will officially open the Festival on at 6.30pm in UCLan’s Media Factory.

The event is free but you need to register for tickets.

You can find the ticket registration on the Event Brite website.

You can keep up to date with the Great Northern Creative Festival by visiting the website.

Will you be attending the free talk with George Costigan? Have you been to the Great Northern Creative Festival before? Let us know in the comments below

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