Brilliant, just brilliant,
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This review is from: Beautiful Thing : An Urban Fairytale (Playscript) (Paperback)
Jonathan Harvey's play Brilliant Thing was written when Maggie Thatcher's government introduced S28 forbidding schools to 'promote homosexuality'. It was a knee jerk reaction to the growing movement for gay equality. Later, Prime Minister David Cameron would apologise for it and acknowledge how discriminatory it was.
Playwright, Jonathan Harvey was a teacher at this time, and wrote Beautiful Thing featuring two schoolboys.
It's a beautiful moving story. When it was performed first in 1983 it became an instant hit and then went onto become a major movie. Now 30 years on the play is touring the UK as part of it's 30 year anniversary and it's still as brilliant, funny and moving as it was when it was first performed.
There's no doubt about it - some of the best songs, books and plays were written during the Thatcher years - Billy Elliot being another.
This being one of them.
Buy a copy for your library. This story is timeless.