Performance

VenuePlayhouse
Other spaces at this venue include: Salberg Studio
TownSalisbury
CountyWiltshire
From4th November 1999
To27th November 1999
What is currently on at Playhouse (V923)

Beautiful Thing

T697092885
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 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.
Author Jonathan Harvey


Archive :: production:T697092885, play:S01303760848, venue:V923

Production details

This play contains language and scenes that may offend. Salberg Studio

Company

Director Katharine Rogers
Design Libby Watson
Lighting Peter Hunter
Performer Asa Cannell
Performer Ben Casey
Performer Oliver Dimsdale
Performer Rachel Ferjani
Performer Stephen Campbell Moore
Performer Irene Rambota
Performer Ferdy Roberts
Performer Joanna Thaw

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