Beautiful Thing

by Jonathan Harvey


2 February – 6 March 2021


Presented as part of the 2021 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras


 “Have you ever kissed anyone? And stuck your tongue in?”

Who doesn’t remember what it was like to fall in love for the first time? Or to believe that happiness is still possible, even when you’ve been dealt some pretty shitty cards? And doesn’t everyone hope for one ‘beautiful thing’ in their lives?

Jamie is 15, shy, and bullied at school. He lives with his single mum Sandra on a run-down London housing estate, but she’s preoccupied with dreams of a better job and her new, younger lover, so barely notices that her sensitive, Cagney & Lacey-loving son has a crush on Ste, the football-mad boy next door.

When Ste is badly beaten by his alcoholic father and Sandra offers him shelter, the two boys grow closer and gradually fall in love. But do they have any chance of happiness, in their tough, working-class world?

When Jonathan Harvey wrote this tender, open-hearted play about two damaged boys and the love that heals them, the age of consent for gay sex in the UK was still 21, it was illegal to ‘promote’ homosexuality in schools, and civil unions and same-sex marriage weren’t even on the radar.

Yet, nearly 30 years on, it still holds remarkable power, because so much of what it explores is timeless: discovering your sexuality, finding love and acceptance, fighting your demons, surviving against the odds, being an outsider, and the importance of community.

What better way to celebrate Mardi Gras than with this funny, irreverent, deeply human coming-of-age story, an urban fairy tale for our times.

“Deliciously upbeat, a swirling mix of emotion and hilarity” The Guardian


creative team

Director Mark G Nagle
Associate Director Glenn Braithwaite
Assistant Director Michael Booker
Set Designer David Marshall-Martin
Lighting Designer Mehran Mortezaei

Sound Designer Jaymes Julian Wilson
Costume Coordinator Glenn Braithwaite
Accent/Vocal Coach Carmen Lysiak
Dialect/Cultural Advisor Emma Whitehead
Production Manager Robyn Arthur
Stage Manager Rosane McNamara
Operator Ole Borch



Caspar Hardaker, Julia Kennedy Scott
Will Manton, Bayley Prendergast
Hannah Zaslawski


Preview Tue 2 Feb 7:30pm
Press Night/Opening Night Wed 3 Feb 7:30pm
Thu – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm
Final performance Sat 6 Mar 2pm

Running time to be advised


Full $35
Concessions, Groups (6+) $30
Mardi Gras Members $25 (with promo code)
New Theatre Members $22
Thrifty Thursdays $22
Preview $20

Please note: New Theatre is a general admission theatre and seat selection is done on a first-come-first-serve basis. As per NSW Public Health COVID-19 guidelines, we now running at 75% capacity (112 patrons). Where possible, we will endeavour to socially distance audience members and groups one seat apart, however with fuller houses, you may need to sit next to others. If you have any concerns, please contact our Theatre Manager

Main image: © VladOrlov/Shutterstock