Wednesday 7th February to Saturday 10th February 2018
Directed by Julie Wood
New York 2008. A time of optimism for Sam, a young carer, who dreams of working his way up to live his dream of becoming a doctor.
Joey, a graduate with a first class honours degree in law, fired from her job as a waitress and with no future prospects.
George, a retired academic and Joey's estranged father, is suffering from dementia.
The three collide as British cynicism meets American optimism in a cruel world.
Ella Hickson's Precious Little Talent is a play about the struggle of young people in their twenties to find their way in an increasingly hostile world. It was first performed at the Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh, on 6 August 2009, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The play begins in New York in December 2008. Joey, a 23-year-old English woman with a first-class degree and 20,000 pounds worth of debt, has just been fired from her waitressing job, so she has come to New York on a whim to visit her estranged father, George. Once there, she discovers that he's suffering from dementia. George's carer is an American teenager called Sam, as optimistic in outlook as Joey is cynical. They fall in love, leaving Joey with a choice of returning to the rat race in London or staying in America.
This play was staged at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre (formerly Havant Arts Centre), East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977.
|Stage Manager||Robin Hall|
|Assistant Stage Manager||Craig Parker|
|Lighting and Sound Design||Andrew Caple|
|Lighting Operation||Claire Lyne|
|Sound Operation||Paul Millington|
George (David Penrose) is a Brit who has fled to New York to hide the onset of dementia that is crowding him out of his own mind. Sam (Ben Tanner) is the carer who supports him and Joey (Katie Watson) is his daughter arriving unexpectedly in New York, also on the run from a life that is changing out of all recognition.
These are strong performances. The frisson of the growing, doomed romance between Joey and Sam is very nicely executed.
As far as Tanner is concerned, it's some of the finest work I've seen from him. His performance-choices are generally subtle and spot-on. And then we come to Penrose. Always an actor I admire, here he is superlative. His moment of direct-address steams with anger and love and passion and fear and frustration. I don't think it's going too far to say this is amateur acting at its absolute finest.