Bristol Tobacco Factory Theatres’ 25th anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey’s iconic Beautiful Thing (11 – 27 Oct).
Harvey tells the story of self-discovery of two 17-year olds living on a council estate in Thamesmead who grow up in the face of the Thatcherite attempts of alienation and marginalisation of the LGBTQ community. Although first performed in 1993, Beautiful Thing is still as urgent and vital as it was 25 years ago – offering a razor-sharp depiction of life on a post-war council estate, and demonstrates the ability of community to raise you out of isolation.
The landmark LGBTQ cult hit play is directed by Bristol Tobacco Factory Theatres’ Artistic Director Mike Tweddle, who is once again leading a team of local and national artists to present this optimistic and unique coming-of-age story.
The film of the same name, directed by Hettie MacDonald in 1996, was recently voted the 20th most iconic LGBT film in history proving the importance and weight its story still carries today. MacDonald’s adaptation of Beautiful Thing launched the career of Tameka Empson, who starred alongside Meera Syal and Linda Henry.
Artistic Director Mike Tweddle has confirmed that Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatres has reached the campaign target for its £1.6million transformation. Construction began in January 2018 and, after a year of fundraising, is set to be completed in October. Beautiful Thing will be staged.
‘The redevelopment signals a step-change in the organisation’s ambition with the revitalised spaces having a real and lasting impact on our work. Tobacco Factory Theatres now has the physical foundations to fulfil our strategic ambitions: to build our reputation for artistic excellence by creating more work in Bristol; deliver more opportunities for creative exploration and skills development for artists and our South Bristol communities through our Get Involved and artist development programme. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to the project.’ – Mary Caws, Executive Director
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