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Powerful production of ‘Beautiful Thing’ opens at Guide Bridge
Monday 3rd September 2018 @ 09:47 by Nigel Skinner
Denton & Audenshaw Entertainment News Tameside

Guide Bridge Theatre’s latest offering Beautiful Thing opens tonight at the Audenshaw venue and runs all this week.

The story, directed by Mike McCaw, tells the heartache of 15 year old Jamie coming to terms with his sexuality and the turmoil he feels before coming out to his mother.

Jake Hankey plays Jamie with such sensitivity and heartfelt emotion that it will leave you in tears. His love interest and next door neighbour Ste, suffering from domestic violence, turns to his friend next door for comfort and their relationship soon develops in to something quite beautiful.

Ed Parry, another new face to Guide Bridge also tackles the role with respect and sensitivity. The relationship between both young boys is so special to watch at such a poignant moment in their lives.

Single parent Sandra plays Jamie’s Mum. A feisty, outspoken barmaid who is a very strong independent woman. Sam Bates brings a wealth if experience to the stage and gives a stunning performance throughout but particularly in the scenes leading to her son telling her that he is gay.

Sams real life daughter joins her on the stage playing Leah. Another neighbour who has been excluded from school and spends her time winding up Sandra at every opportunity, getting high and blasting out tunes from her idol Mama Cass who provides the soundtrack to the play.

Molly Griffiths plays this eccentric character and brings so much fun to the role. And lastly we have Gavin Stamper, who we are seeing more of on the circuit. Gavin is a super actor who plays the role of Tony, Sandra’s boyfriend – a kind, caring, hippy who just wants to offer worldly advice to everyone.

The play, written by Jonathan Harvey, really pulls on the heartstrings and highlights the turmoil of coming out, the fear of rejection and disappointment and also the story of two young guys who happen to fall in love.

The play runs from tonight (Monday, September 3) to Saturday (September 8).