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“First gay play for Shanghai” –  Shanghaiist

“I still have such a soft spot for this play. I had just moved back to Shanghai, my friend Christy asked me if I wanted to audition for a play because someone left it last minute. I didn’t expect the response it got —the first gay play in the city— Shanghai’s LGBT+ community was exhilarated to see itself represented on stage and the room was electric.” — Derek

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 younger boyfriend in a low-rise block of flats in Thamesmead, London. Living next door is the rowdy Leah, who has been expelled from school and spends her days sunning herself and listening to Mama Cass. And on the other side is Ste, also sixteen. His father’s anger means that he often hides out in Jaime and Sandra’s flat, spending the night there to escape being beaten. Ste and Jaime start off top-and-tailing in Jaime’s bed, since there’s nowhere else to sleep, and Harvey unfolds their tentative, awkward relationship with delicacy and with joy.

Michael Darragh presents:

Beautiful Thing
By Jonathan Harvey

December 2008
上海市芷江梦工厂/Zhijiang Dream Factory, Shanghai

Joakim Eriksson, Derek Kwan, Sophie Lloyd, JP Lopez, Christy Shapiro

Director: Michael Darragh
Set Designer: Yvonne Lim

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