As part of Thamesmead’s 50th birthday celebrations, the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival is staging the play Beautiful Thing (later adapted into the iconic 1994 film).

The love story follows teenage boys Jamie and Ste, who are neighbours in Thamesmead. The story is given a homecoming in this new unique outdoor dance-theatre production, capturing the urban realism and fairy-tale fantasy of John Harvey’s script, featuring digital projections by NOVAK, new music by Roma Yagnik and a community chorus. The production is part of the Royal Greenwich Festivals 2018 programme.

The production is just one of the events planned for the area’s anniversary. The Weekender has already reported on an art show that involved 1,500 trained pigeons with LED lights attached to them flying through the sky.

A huge family-friendly birthday party is also planned around Southmere Lake from 12-7pm on Saturday, July 14. The party will involve a carnival, whose theme revolves around what is special about Thamesmead, a circus, music, pet show, dinghy racing and even a WI tea parlour.

Beautiful Thing is on from July 3-7 at 9:45pm. Admission: free, or £10 premium seats