Today we are delighted to share with you our new interview with Jonathan Harvey, to accompany our production of his breakthrough play Beautiful Thing. One of the country's foremost contemporary writers, Jonathan's play was a nineties phenomena and saw him break new ground.
Set during a heat wave on a rundown Thamesmead council estate, Beautiful Thing is a glorious urban love story between two young men set on an inner city housing estate. It 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 (Zaraah Abrahams).
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.
Digital Theatre Plus also today releases our in-depth Study Guide written by Fin Kennedy, containing over 15,000 words of textual analysis to support learning and teaching of the production.
Our new Study Guide is an invaluable resource for students and teachers studying English and Drama, and with an interest in cultural development and social change.
Fin Kennedy was recently appointed Co-Artistic Director of progressive theatre company Tamasha. His plays have been produced in the UK and abroad. In the UK, he has written for Soho Theatre, Sheffield Crucible, Southwark Playhouse, Half Moon Theatre, The Red Room and BBC Radio 4. His play How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found was the first unproduced play ever to win the John Whiting Award, and is now produced around the world. It is also one of the UK’s most popular plays for student and amateur performance.