Precious Emily is inspired by the extraordinary life story of Precious McKenzie who was born in apartheid era South Africa and showed indomitable spirit to overcome extraordinary odds and become four time Commonwealth weightlifting champion, three times for England and finally for New Zealand. It is also about the optimism, dedication and technical skill of Emily Campbell as she trains for weightlifting gold at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, 2022. Ultimately it is about how to lift up heavy things.
Precious Emily is a bi-lingual show, performed both in English and British Sign Language.
Precious Emily was the first of three micro-productions each made in five days and shown on consecutive Saturdays through November 2021. Each supported actors and a director taking early steps in devising practice.
This is also the first of thirteen productions of Precious Emily to be made over the next twelve months. The next eleven will be made and performed by local primary schools, including our hosts for this week - Raddlebarn Primary. The final version will be a family show performed by professional actors.
Devised and Performed by
Rosie Bagott, Mary-Jayne Russell de Clifford, Caroline Parker
Jack Trow, Holly Alanna Williams
Sound Orique Johnson
Illustrations Maxene Brown
Logo Simon Ford
Stage Management Emily Davies
Direction Paul 'Steady' Steadman & James Yarker
With Thanks To
Hayley, Olivia and Rachael for translating
Asnath Mokeka Losala, Matthew Gurney & Jean St Clair
Lucy Bird, Roisin Caffrey, Dave Howard & Craig Stephens
Our Board & Scheming Friends
Raddlebarn Primary School
Clair Birch, Jo Calvino & Warley Weightlifting Club
& Emily Campbell for her cooperation
Arts Council England & Stan's Cafe's Scheming Friends
Access supported by DeafExplorer
Constructed at Our Facility in Selly Oak