On Playwriting: Q&A with Jonathan Harvey

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Since penning hit play Beautiful Thing, Jonathan Harvey has become one of the UK’s best-loved writers, creating BAFTA-nominated sit-com Gimme Gimme Gimme and writing some of Coronation Street’s most gripping episodes.

Jonathan will be joining Lynette Linton to discuss his playwriting process, share advice on navigating the theatre and television industries, and answer questions from audience members.

Join the workshop facilitator in person in the Holloway Theatre at the Bush, or join from the comfort of your home via Zoom, where there will be a dedicated co-ordinator to field your questions and responses. Anyone with an Online via Zoom ticket will be sent a registration link on the day of the masterclass.

There are limited bursary places available for participants who need them. Please contact [email protected] for more information on applying for a bursary place.

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Jonathan Harvey
Jonathan’s plays have been performed at the Bush, the Royal Court, Hampstead Theatre, the National Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse, and in the West End. He has won the John Whiting Award, the George Devine Award, two Manchester Evening News Awards and an Evening Standard Award.  He was writer in residence at the Bush in 1995, and the Bush have produced his plays Boom Bang a Bang and Beautiful Thing. Beautiful Thing transferred to the West End and was made into a feature film for Film Four. It went on to win many awards internationally, and Best Film at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.  For television, Jonathan is on the writing team of Coronation Street and Call The Midwife. He has also written the BAFTA nominated sitcom Gimme Gimme Gimme and Beautiful People (Best Comedy, Banff TV Festival) Jonathan won the Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Continuing Drama in 2109 for his episode about the aftermath of Aidan’s suicide, also the British Soap Award for Best Episode and the British Soap Award for Best Scene for Gail’s monologue. The monologue was also nominated for a BAFTA for TV Moment of the Year.  With Stephen K Amos, Jonathan co-wrote 3 series of the radio sitcom What Does the K Stand For? He has also written six novels, all published by Pan Macmillan: All She Wants, The Confusion of Karen Carpenter, The Girl Who Just Appeared, The Secrets We Keep, The History of Us and The Years She Stole.

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