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Precious Little Talent by Ella Hickson

22 November 2011

The Guardian

It is young, full of spluttering energy and has a real fire in its belly about the need to retain your optimism in a cruel world…Hickson really is a little bit special

Capital T presents the US premiere of

Precious Little Talent

by Ella Hickson

Directed by Scott Tipton

Sound Design by Brett Hamann

Scenic Design and Projections by Mark Pickell

Costume Design by Glenda Barnes

Stage Manager – Tayler Gill

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Weigh your present against the dreams you had as a child, woe betide the man that falls short”

Joey, a recent grad who is buried in a mountain of student debt, travels from England only to turn up jobless and unannounced at her estranged father’s flat in New York. In the flat she is more than surprised to find Sam, a quirky and idealistic young American with whom she has just had shared an intense and spontaneous experience the previous evening. She soon learns that his arrival in her life is much more than a simple coincidence. As one part of her life deteriorates a very unlikely transatlantic love story emerges.

Precious Little Talent is a refreshing story of love’s triumph over loss and what it means to arrive at adulthood during a time when the rules seem to be shifting and the ground is unsteady. Capital T is proud to present the US Premiere of the latest breakout hit from London penned by Britain’s hottest young playwright Ella Hickson starring Joey Banks, Melissa Drew, and Joe Penrod directed by Scott Tipton.

“Weigh your present against the dreams you had as a child – woe betide the man that falls short”
Precious Little Talent is the story of two 20-somethings graduating into a world that’s sold them down the river. Londoner Joey’s got a first class degree, 20K worth of debt and works in a pub. It’s Christmas and she flees to New York in a bid to find comfort with her estranged father. Just as the world seems to have shunned her, so will he. Yet in the face of such rejection, world-weary Joey falls in love with an idealistic young American and learns what it is to have hope in the future.
With its haunting contemporary themes about a father desperate not to forget his daughter and two young people determined not to be forgotten by the world, Capital T is proud to produce the US premiere of Precious Little Talent.

The Times

“…The play is refreshing, honestly and strongly about now. Ask no more”: Critics Choice.

Evening Standard

“The writing feels fresh and is beautifully observed: funny, original, touching and authentic.”

The Daily Mail

“Radiant – wonderfully witty – you will be left wanting, but for all the right reasons. Her style is witty and strikingly aphoristic”

The Telegraph

“The script bursts with freshness…a charming and quirkily appealing play; a little gem”



Sam – Joey Banks
Joey – Melissa Drew
George – Joe Penrod

About the Playwright


Ella Hickson – Playwright
Ella Hickson arrived onto the British theatre scene in 2008 with her debut play Eight, which won a Fringe First, The Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award and was nominated for an Evening Standard Award. Eight went on to tour in New York and at London’s Trafalgar Studios and is now regularly performed both here and abroad.

Since Eight, Precious Little Talent has been performed at Trafalgar Studios, Soup at The Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh and Hot Mess at Latitude Festival and The Arcola tent. Ella has completed a creative writing MA at The University of Edinburgh and spent a year working with The Traverse Theatre as their Emerging Playwright on Attachment. She is a member of The Old Vic New Voices and is currently under commission to Headlong Theatre, with whom she recently collaborated onDecade. She is the 2011 Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Lyric Hammersmith.

Ella also writes for radio and TV. She recently participated in Channel 4’s Screenwriting Course and is currently in active commission on a number of original drama projects. Her Radio 4 play, Rightfully Mine, transmitted this year and her first short film, Hold On Me, will be screening at the London Film Festival 2011.