Theatre Review: Precious Little Talent @ The Courtyard Hoxton
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In the cosy Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton Blue Butterfly Productions bring Ella Hickson’s Precious Little Talent to life. The story follows Sam, a 19 year old New Yorker who meets 23 year old Joey. The pair spend an exciting evening together only to find out that Joey is the daughter of Sam’s friend George whom he cares for. This is a story of love and family, which ultimately explores the debilitating effects of dementia. The work is handled sensitively and the cast find the perfect balance between comedy and drama. Henry George Lewis plays lovable Sam. He has electric energy but sometimes this felt a little misplaced or too much within the context of the piece. At times he becomes showy and almost loses the truth of the character. Nevertheless he creates a character we can all side with. Lewis put his all into the role and despite the intense energy, I have no doubt that everyone feels Sam is a likable and funny guy whom we all route for. Image: Blue Butterfly Productions His counterpart Joey is played by Martha Kane. She has a much more subtle approach to her role, which sometimes gets overshadowed by Lewis’ enthusiasm. Sometimes this works and it is lovely to see such contrasting characters on stage, but other times it makes it impossible for there to be any serious chemistry between the characters. The characters anguish and negativity need a little more vigour. Image: Blue Butterfly Productions Mark Keegan plays George, an ex professor and absent father who has been diagnosed with early onset dementia. Keegan tackles the role with huge sensitivity and really communicates George’s reality with the audience. He explores the anger, sadness and denial and it is moving to watch. In all, the team behind Precious Little Talent have created an energetic, likable and moving production of a brilliant play. You can find out more by following @BlueButterflyPR and @preciouslittletalent
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