Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article
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


   

Following the recent release of her third album 'A Perfect Contradiction'Paloma Faith is set to visit the Brighton Centre next month.
Imagine your mind has been wiped: memories, knowledge, experiences, language - every word you ever spoke, has vanished. If eventually you found the words, what would you say? 
Brighton Film School has announced a new Film Forum monthly club for young people passionate about films and filmmaking.
Talented vocal coach, Katie Holmes, who has worked with stars Leona Lewis, Professor Green and Lily Allen is the latest musical heavyweight to be included in The Band Project's amazing 'All Stars' line-up. 
A year ago last Spring, having just announced an autumnal release of their new album, Give the People What They Want, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' world was put on hold when Sharon was diagnosed with cancer.

It's been claimed that one-time Never Mind The Buzzcocks presenter, Simon Amstell,started his TV career at Nickoledeon where he was fired for making pop stars uncomfortable, and that he then began presenting the Channel 4 show, Popworld - where he gained a huge following for his groundbreaking work in making pop stars uncomfortable!
The city's teachers may have only recently returned to their classrooms but many of them kept themselves busy by volunteering their time over the summer for Young City Reads, Brighton's citywide reading initiative for primary school children.
After two years away the most popular ice show in the world, Holiday on Ice, is returning to The Brighton Centre  for one week only with their 70th anniversary show Platinum, featuring Dancing on Ice All Stars winner, Ray Quinn. **(See competition below).
Following its successful pilot in spring 2014, Umbrella Club - Brighton Dome's membership club for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their siblings and carers – is to be rolled out across performances (suitable for under 16s) for the Dome's autumn season.
George Egg has lived in Brighton for more than two decades and has used the time wisely. He has honed a stand-up comedy show unlike anything you'll have seen before. 
Following Virginia McKenna's recent appearance at Whalefest, in Brighton, she releases, Tonight The Moon is Red, a very personal collection of poems that recall places, animals, concerns and people that have moved and inspired her over the past 30 years.
Brighton Digital Festival, the UK's largest celebration of digital culture, came to a close recently following four weeks of pioneering exhibitions, installations, conferences and performances. 
Graham Fellows has a long-running reputation for innovative, offbeat comedy. From his brief brush with pop stardom - Jilted John's self-titled hit ("Gordon is a moron") - to John Shuttleworth, his razor sharp portrayal of a somewhat nerdish fictional singer-songwriter and radio presenter.
Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...






Latest Brighton Jobs

Charity Fundraiser - Office based environment with NO s

Our client is one of the UK’s leading and most respected fundraising organisations that work on behalf of high profile international charities and pressure...
Red Flag Recruitment - Brighton
More details

3 x Demolition Labourers

You must hold an Asbestos Awareness card, A CSCS card and have your own PPE. We are looking for 3 x Demolition Labourers for a site in Brighton....
Site Labour Supplies - Brighton
More details

Business to business telephone advisor

You must have a minimum of 6 months telesales experience, (preferably 1 to 2 years). We currently have a full time position for a temporary member of staff to...
Red Flag Recruitment - Brighton
More details

Market Researcher/Appointment setter

Working in a relaxed office atmosphere based in central Brighton, the role will include conducting telephone surveys confirming that details held for each...
Red Flag Recruitment - Brighton
More details
Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd