Beautiful Thing at Questors
Friday 27 May 2016
Comedy drama - London Fringe - Shows
Jonathan Harvey's uplifting comedy drama Beautiful Thing, set in the rising temerature of one summer on a Thamesmead estate, is destined to open in one week's time at The Questors, Ealing.
Jonathan Harvey's play, which premiered in 1993, morphed fairly quickly into a screen version released in 1996.
Both have enjoyed considerable success, largely thanks to well-written characters, a compelling story and a large dose of humour.
It also features the hummable tunes of Mama Cass and The Mamas & the Papas.
So it's little wonder that this tale - set on a depressingly drab, concrete, council housing estate - has been taken-up by a large number of theatre companies over the two decades since it first appeared.
This time, it's The Questors taking on the play with a run due to begin on 3 June and continuing until 11 June 2016.
Summer on a run down Thamesmead estate and the temperature is rising.
Jamie doesn't quite fit in at school and skips PE to avoid the bullies.
Ste, his sporty next-door neighbour, has his own problems - and when Ste's alcoholic father beats him up, Jamie's mum gives him refuge.
As the pair become closer they both find more than they expect in their friendship.
But what will other people say?
12 Mattock Lane
London W5 5BQ
3 to 11 June 2016
£14 (£12 conc, £7 under-16/student), final Fri/Sat £17 (£14 conc, £9 under-16/student)
Bargain Tickets - only £7 on 3 June
Suitable for ages 15+ (contains strong language and adult themes)