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Monday 13 May 2013

Jonathan Harvey: Rare Opportunity To Hear From Award-Winning Playwright And Leading Coronation Street Writer

To mark the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking play Beautiful Thing, Jonathan Harvey will be appearing 'In Conversation with…' author and Polari host Paul Burston on Saturday 15 June at 6pm at Theatre Royal, Brighton.



A brand new production of Beautiful Thing debuted in London last month and will tour to Brighton"s Theatre Royal from 10-15 June. 

Jonathan will be appearing after the matinee performance on 15 June to talk about the challenges of writing for stage and screen, the changes in gay culture and lifestyle, his wild and wonderful career and his soap heroes and heroines. 

One of the most distinctive voices of his generation, Jonathan Harvey is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and novelist. 

He claims he's happy with plays as a genre: 

"I can tell stories through dialogue. I've tried to write novels but I just can't write prose, whereas I think I'm good at observing the way people talk. 

Now that I'm doing more films, what gets me is writing the camera descriptions - it's very boring. 

With a play you can take your time, you don't set up the whole story in the first five minutes in case the audience switches channels." 


Born in Liverpool and now based in London, he"s been responsible for some of the most poignant, touching and comedic moments in gay culture.

His critically acclaimed stage plays include The Cherry Blossom Tree, Babies, Beautiful Thing, Boom Bang-a-Bang, Guiding Star, Hushabye Mountain, Out in The Open and Canary.

A lead writer on Coronation Street, his other film and television credits include Gimme Gimme Gimme, Rev, Shameless, At Home With The Braithwaites, The Catherine Tate Show and Murder Most Horrid.

Originally trained as an English teacher, he published his debut novel All She Wants in 2012.

Host Paul Burston is an author and journalist whose books include the critically-acclaimed novels Shameless , Star People, Lovers & Losers and The Gay Divorcee. Host of LGBT literary salon Polari at the Southbank Centre, and founder of The Polari First Book Prize.

In Conversation with Jonathan Harvey:  Theatre Royal, Brighton. Saturday 15 June. 6pm. Tickets: £8.50. Book via New Writing South www.newwritingsouth.com/events or 01273 735353.

Beautiful Thing: Direct from the West End, the award-winning play starring Suranne Jones will be at Theatre Royal, Brighton from 10-15 June. www.atgtickets.com/shows/beautiful-thing/theatre-royal-brighton


by: Mike Cobley




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