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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. Running time: 2hrs (including a 20min interval)
Performers Suranne Jones (Sandra), Zaraah Abrahams (Leah), Oliver Farnworth (Tony), Jake Davies (Jamie), Danny-Boy Hatchard (Ste).
Author Jonathan Harvey. Producer Tom O'Connell (for QNQ Ltd). Director Nikolai Foster. Design Colin Richmond. Sound George Dennis. Lighting David Plater.

Beautiful Thing

Beautiful Thing (Play) production archive for QTIX code T545875172. Details of all Beautiful Thing archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S01303760848

Archive Listings

10 Jun 13
15 Jun 13
Theatre Royal
East Sussex
3 Jun 13
8 Jun 13
Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse)
West Yorkshire
28 May 13
1 Jun 13
Liverpool Playhouse
13 Apr 13
25 May 13
Arts Theatre
West End
Greater London

User Reviews

Shayna Holloway Shepherd (04Jun13): excellent play with a great cast. very entertaining as in funny and moving with cleverly written lines and creative setting. highly recommend this performance.
Wendy Reynolds (15Apr13): Beautifully staged, wonderfully cast and very fine acting. Very real and relevant, highly emotional. totally engaging.

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