Set 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 boysâ relationship is helped along by Leah, a sassy, Mama Cass-obsessed neighbour and Sandraâs 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. This play contains language and scenes that may offend.Performers Asa Cannell, Ben Casey, Oliver Dimsdale, Rachel Ferjani, Stephen Campbell Moore, Irene Rambota, Ferdy Roberts, Joanna Thaw.
Author Jonathan Harvey. Director Katharine Rogers. Design Libby Watson. Lighting Peter Hunter.