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Beautiful Thing archiveSet during a heat wave on a rundown Thamesmead estate, Beautiful Thing is an urban fairytale full of characters that abound with attitude, energy, frankness and humour. The story follows Jamie, an introvert, troubled teen whose dislike of football is reason enough for his classmates to bully him at every opportunity. Living with is pre-occupied single mum, Sandra, Jamie finds himself infatuated with his next door neighbour and classmate Ste. Ste, who is living with his drug-dealing brother and abusive, alcoholic father in the flat next door, is one night beaten so badly that Sandra takes pity and lets him sleep over. In the absence of a third bed, Ste has to make do with sleeping 'top-to-toe' with Jamie. Much to his delight, Jamie is able to provide Ste with the comfort and reassurance he craves and also a little massage with some peppermint foot lotion . . . The boys’ relationship is helped along by Leah, a sassy, Mama Cass-obsessed neighbour and Sandra’s dippy neo-hippy lover, Tony, as they discover themselves, each other and a Beautiful Thing. Jonathan Harvey deftly combines comedy with ardent drama in his critically acclaimed award winning play. Beautiful Thing truly captures what it is to be sixteen and in the first full flush of love. Contains strong language
Performers Charlie Brooks (Sandra), Thomas Law (Ste), Sam Jackson (Jamie), Gerard McCarthy (Tony), Vanessa Babirye (Leah).
Author Jonathan Harvey. Producer Nottingham Plahouse. Producer Curve Theatre. Producer Nottingham Playhouse. Producer Tom O'Connell (QNQ). Director Nikolai Foster. Lighting David Plater. Sound George Dennis. Design Colin Richmond. Director Kay Magson CDG (casting).

Beautiful Thing

Beautiful Thing (Play) production archive for QTIX code T01308053374. Details of all Beautiful Thing archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S01303760848

Archive Listings

25 May 15
30 May 15
18 May 15
23 May 15
Royal & Derngate
11 May 15
16 May 15
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
20 Apr 15
9 May 15
13 Apr 15
18 Apr 15
The Lowry
Greater Manchester
30 Mar 15
11 Apr 15
Birmingham Hippodrome
West Midlands
23 Mar 15
24 Mar 15
Marlowe Theatre

User Reviews

Steve (18May15): Fantastic play - fantastically performed by all involved at Guildford last Saturday. Met the cast afterwards, beautiful people, so kindly signed my handbill/flyer for me - SUPERB!!!!
Geoff Boddy (24Mar15): Wonderful. Charlie Brooks is as camp as Xmas and you dont even think of Janene unlike other soap stars she is a true actress. Good to see 6th formers in the audience as this play will help a lot of young people strugling with their sexuality. I,m 68 and was lucky enough to have a Mum like Sandra

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