Beautiful Thing by Jonathan Harvey

Digital Theatre Plus is delighted to announce that Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing is now available in our catalogue of productions.

A unique play written by one of the country's foremost contemporary writers, Beautiful Thing was a nineties phenomena and saw Harvey break new ground. A glorious urban love story between two young men set on an inner-city housing estate, the play tells the story of teenager Jamie's relationship with classmate and neighbour Ste. Together the two boys find comedy, warmth and the music of Mama Cass through their loud-mouthed next door neighbour, Leah. The play exquisitely depicts what it is to be sixteen, in the first flush of love and full of optimism.

Taking a long hard look at identity, friendship and the ways in which society can make an individual feel alienated, we believe this production has the power to inspire debate and understanding.

Speaking about the release, producer Tom O'Connell said:

I am thrilled that we are able to bring our critically acclaimed production of Beautiful Thing to schools and educational institutions via Digital Theatre Plus. I feel it is such an important piece of writing, story-telling and 'slice of society' in history that allows people to understand the same worldwide feelings of love, exploration of sexuality and becoming an adult. Digital Theatre Plus is a great way of giving people an insight into the real world of theatre; the challenges, the restraints and the positive messages we can send out with a performance.

Beautiful Thing is the latest addition to our expansive repertoire of productions, documentaries, interviews and learning resources. Our release of the production is supported by interviews with producer Tom O'Connell and actors Danny-Boy Hatchard and Jake Davies, who play lead characters Ste and Jamie.

*Please be aware the production contains scenes of a sexual nature and very strong language from the start. We have marked this production as 'contains adult themes' and advise teachers of younger students to watch the production to assess its suitability.