Monday, 2 May 2016

New play from Coronation Street writer Jonathan Harvey

Coronation Street writer Jonathan Harvey has a new play. It's called Our Lady of Blundellsands and this is what it's about...
Sisters Sylvie and Garnet live in a house by the sea. Sylvie’s not left the house for thirty years, spending her day cocooned in a haze of cheap wine and fading memories of her time in the sun – Miss New Brighton 1969, a guest appearance on Z Cars, modelling as the Virgin Mary for a stained glass window… Her boys are coming home for Garnet’s 70th, but Garnet’s just had some bad news. Is it time to reveal that this is a house built on lies?

There's a play reading of at the Liverpool Everyman theatre on Wednesday 11 May.  Find out more here.

As well as writing for our favourite soap, Jonathan Harvey has written 18 plays including The Cherry Blossom Tree and Canary for Liverpool Playhouse, Beautiful Thing and Boom Bang a Bang for The Bush, Out in the Open for Hampstead Theatre, Guiding Star and Tomorrow I’ll Be Happy for the National Theatre and Mohair, Wildfire and Babies for the Royal Court Theatre.

He has won the John Whiting Award, the George Devine Award, two Manchester Evening News Awards and an Evening Standard award, as well as being both Bafta and Olivier nominated.

Jonathan’s play Beautiful Thing was made into a successful film for Film Four. For TV he created the sitcoms Gimme Gimme Gimme and Beautiful People as well as writing for shows as diverse as Rev, Shameless, At Home With The Braithwaites and Tracey Ullman’s Show. For the past 12 years he has been on the writing team for Coronation Street.

His novels include All She Wants and The Girl Who Just Appeared.

His new novel The History of Us is out in the summer.

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David Hughes said...

Jonathan Harvey is a major hero in this house - whenever his name pops up as writer you know it'll be a great episode. He led the way in bringing real life into the Street...and he never holds back on Twitter!

Tvor said...

I really like his novels! Looking forward to the next one!

Anonymous said...

I also like his nod back to history - Maria giving Auntie Michelle a birthday card from Liam - was this the first time the relationshiр between michelle and Maria and liam has been recognised? Is it also a way for michelle and Maria to be future friends рost carla?