Precious Little Talent ★★★★
Not knowing much about what I’m about to sit down and watch can always be like a game of roulette. Am I going to enjoy it or am I not? So when I got invited to review Ella Hickson’s ‘Precious Little Talent’ that’s exactly how I felt, but as I walked into the cosy little Courtyard Theatre I started to feel better about the whole thing.
The set consisted of cardboard boxes made to look like buildings in a night sky, and a young girl sitting on stage wrapped in up a coat and scarf. Sam (Henry George Lewis) walks down the middle of the isle and starts a monologue. It had a bit of a Rent vibe to start off with, but that maybe because he mentioned Christmas, had an American accent and the play began with a monologue.
Lewis had such passion and emotion when he was delivering the first speech that I found myself wanting to hear more, wanting to know how he felt about this young girl, Joey (Marta Kane) he’d just met and who we see on stage pre set.
With the introduction of the character George, (Mark Keegan), this show becomes very clear that we’re looking at how the character cope with someone they love having dementia which makes sense as the show is raising money for dementia suffers.
Lewis and Kane have chemistry on stage that would mirror that of the characters ages they’re playing. The awkward 19 year old Sam and the confused 23 year old Joey. The nervousness Lewis portrays around Kane’s character is absolutely believable.
This show was like an emotional rollercoaster and, being invested in the characters made me feel more when George started to get worse with dementia.
I did feel there may have been a couple of scenes where the show would have been a great place to stop but overall I couldn’t fault it. The performances from all three actors was outstanding and so strong. The portray of George and an illness that affects so many people was handled and played out with such carefulness and care that it was impossible not to shed a tear (or two).
Precious Little Talent is currently showing at the Courtyard Theatre until the 28th October 2018.