The setting may be grim. It's a concrete deck between the flats on a Thameside estate. But the warmth and sweetness of this once revolutionary gay love story is as fresh as ever. Leah wants to be Mama Cass. Ste wants to run away from an abusive father. Jamie wants to be loved by Ste and escape the shadow of his feisty mother, Sandra. Through a series of encounters, love blossoms between the boys, to their surprise and that of their neighbours.
Beautiful Thing is still a delightful urban love story about coming out and coming of age. Twenty years on from its debut, Jonathan Harvey’s award-winning play is revived at the Arts Theatre, directed by Nikolai Foster and designed by Colin Richmond. Suranne Jones, familiar as Rachel Bailey from Scott and Bailey and as Karen MacDonald in Coronation Street, stars as Sandra. Waterloo Road actress Zaraah Abrahams plays Leah, Hollyoaks actor Oliver Farnworth is Tony, Sandra's sometime squeeze, and newcomers Jake Davies and Danny-Boy Hatchard play Jamie and Ste.
The shock of the new that was the story 20 years ago is diminished by the the modern visibility of gay issues, both in life and in the media. But the touching vulnerability of the teenagers finding their way into their respective first loves remains touching and credible.
Yes, the test of time has been applied and this charming tale is indeed still a Beautiful Thing.
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