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Beautiful Thing

Written by

Jonathan Harvey

~playauthor~Written by~ Jonathan Harvey

Methuen Drama, 1999

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 2, Scenes: 10, Roles: Total (5), Female (2), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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Summary
...Upliftingly optimistic, Harvey’s play about two teenage boys falling in love refuses melodramatic clichés to offer a story bright with sensitivity, pathos and wit. Sixteen-year-old Jaime lives with his mum Sandra and her...

Guiding Star

Written by

Jonathan Harvey

~playauthor~Written by~ Jonathan Harvey

Methuen Drama, 2002

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 2, Scenes: 13, Roles: Total (9), Female (4), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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...Guiding Star is a funny and powerfully authentic portrait of a Liverpudlian family. At its centre is Terry and his unapproachable silence; he and his sons, Laurence and Liam, were at the Hillsborough disaster, in which nearly a hundred...

Out in the Open

Written by

Jonathan Harvey

~playauthor~Written by~ Jonathan Harvey

Methuen Drama, 2002

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 2, Scenes: 6, Roles: Total (6), Female (3), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...Out in the Open is a funny and honest exploration of love and the limits of friendship set over a long, hazily hot summer weekend in London. It is six months after the death of Frankie, Tony’s partner, and Tony has brought...

Boom Bang-A-Bang

Written by

Jonathan Harvey

~playauthor~Written by~ Jonathan Harvey

Methuen Drama, 1999

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 3, Roles: Total (7), Female (2), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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...It’s 1995, it’s the Eurovision Song Contest and Lulu’s ‘Boom Bang-a-Bang’ is the soundtrack to this exuberant conjuration of a Eurovision party that starts as camp and ends as farce, though there is a real power to Harvey’s discussion...

Rupert Street Lonely Hearts Club

Written by

Jonathan Harvey

~playauthor~Written by~ Jonathan Harvey

Methuen Drama, 1999

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 2, Scenes: 7, Roles: Total (5), Female (2), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...Jonathan Harvey’s heart-wrenching and hilarious play is about five people who are irrational, lonely, loving, a little bit crazy, and very real. In the middle flat at 15 Rupert Street lives Shaun, a hairdresser whose...

Babies

Written by

Jonathan Harvey

~playauthor~Written by~ Jonathan Harvey

Methuen Drama, 1999

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 2, Scenes: 16, Roles: Total (16), Female (10), Male (6), Unassigned (0)

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...Babies is a warm-hearted, buoyant and very funny comedy about homosexuality and judgement in a working-class setting. Liverpudlian Joe Casey is twenty-four and a form tutor at a south-east London comprehensive. Alternately...

Canary

Written by

Jonathan Harvey

~playauthor~Written by~ Jonathan Harvey

Methuen Drama, 2010

Modern Plays

Playtext

Acts: 3, Scenes: 32, Roles: Total (31), Female (8), Male (15), Unassigned (8)

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...In 1960s Liverpool Tom and Billy hide their love in the closet, then go their separate ways. As pits close and the dole queues grow, Mickey and Russell escape to find Heaven in 1980s London. But today the paparazzi turn judge and jury over...

Hushabye Mountain

Written by

Jonathan Harvey

~playauthor~Written by~ Jonathan Harvey

Methuen Drama, 2002

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 2, Scenes: 24, Roles: Total (16), Female (8), Male (7), Unassigned (1)

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...Danny is a young man, waiting to be let into heaven. There seems to be some difficulty about it, but Judy Garland reassures him as she passes by in a boat full of stars. Away from the dreamlike and unexpected version of the afterlife...