by Madeleine George
produced by The Jack Studio Theatre
directed by Kate Bannister
A talking Gorilla. A Linguist. A Choice.
Brodie is expecting her first child. When she receives unsettling news about the baby she carries, the medical profession provides few answers, and her girlfriend doesn’t get it.
Her search for guidance leads her to two unlikely sources: the elderly speaker of a vanishing language…and a gorilla at the zoo.
Madeleine George’s irreverent, witty and startlingly original play reveals the beauty and the limits of human language.
Whatever you do, something will happen. It’ll be a new life, and you’ll be inside it.
Produced by the same team behind the five star and Offie nominated productions of Kes and Lifeboat.
A crisp, fast-moving, tough-minded but often comic play about love, language, memory, culture and commitment. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Press for Precious Little
Precious Little was my first ever trip to the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, but I do not think I could have had a better experience. This has made me want to go time and time again, if all their plays are this well selected and staged. The performers were excellent, and the writing was exquisite. I encourage everyone to go and see this show if you want to see female writers, directors, and actors at the top of their game. ★★★★ Broadway Baby
The cast are phenomenal…gorgeous sound design and music…inspired direction…Jenny Delisle slowly reveals Brodie’s pain and loss of control in a hugely sympathetic and believable performance… Precious Little is a play that will haunt you – a thoughtful and sensitive production with a stellar cast. ★★★★ Fairy Powered Productions
The play is fascinating…the production and performances are high class. It is well worth the trip to Brockley Jack Theatre. ★★★★ UK TheatreWeb
Madeleine George’s Precious Little is an engaging and thought-provoking look at language…it reminds us that there is so much more to language than meets the ear. British Theatre Guide
forcing us to see what connects us and question what we justify… Precious Little is cleverly thought provoking. One to see. Southwark News
Jessica Kinsey gives a masterclass in multi-roling…Deborah Maclaren gives a meticulously observed physical performance; it really is like watching a gorilla at the zoo. Hearing her inner monologue means we can’t help but feel sympathy for this dignified, intelligent creature… this play highlights how crucial language is not only in our interactions but also in our identities. It may be called Precious Little, but this thought-provoking play has plenty to say. Theatre Things
Madeleine George’s writing had plenty of great one-liners, as well as moments of depth and intense feeling. The characters felt fully and impressively realised. There is a lot to recommend…The play held my attention, with 80 minutes flying by. Everything Theatre
Precious Little was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD, a Concord Theatricals Company.
Precious Little was originally produced by Clubbed Thumb as part of Summer works 2009, their annual festival of new plays.
Written by: Madeleine Gorge
Director: Kate Bannister
Set Design: Karl Swinyard
Lighting Design: Ben Jacobs
Sound Designer: Julian Starr
Costume Design: Martin J Robinson
Assistant Director: Laurel Marks