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Precious Emily is a theatre show made by ten primary schools across Birmingham, 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.

Each school is making its own version of the show helped by a different director. They have all interviewed Emily Campbell as she visited their school. They have all undertaken weightlifting training - mostly led by members of the British weightlifting team. They are composing songs, writing script and creating choreography. You can see each of their productions in a public performance.

15 June: Raddlebarn Primary @ George Cadbury Hall, Bristol Road, B29 6LG
28 June: City Road Primary @ Christ Church, Gillott Road, B16 0EZ
29 June: Holy Family Catholic Primary @ TBC
30 June: Hollywood Primary @ Immanuel Church, Highters Heath Lane, B14 4TB
4 July: Blakesley Hall Primary @ Blakesley Hall Primary School, Yardley Green Road, B33
6 July: St. Gerards Catholic Primary @ Sutton Arts Theatre, South Parade, B72 1QU
8 July: Water Mill Primary @ Ruddock Performing Arts Centre, Egbaston Park Rd, B15 2UA
11 July: St. Matthews CoE Primary @ St. Matthews Community Hall, Wardlow Road, B7 4JH
12 July: Chandos Primary @ Foyle Studio - MAC, Cannon Hill Park, B12 9QH
13 July: St. Bernards Catholic Primary @ Foyle Studio - MAC, Cannon Hill Park, B12 9QH

14 July: Gala Performance featuring scenes from all ten productions
Theatre MAC, Cannon Hill Park, B12 9QH

Devised and Performed by:
Students at all 10 primary schools

Sound Katy Rose-Bennet & Orique Johnson
Costumes Ella Barraclough
Prop Weights Infamous Community Arts
Illustrations Maxene Brown
Logo Simon Ford
Direction
Blakesley Hall Primary - Owen Harper
Chandos Primary - Paul 'Steady' Steadman & Holly Williams
City Road Primary - Rebecca Rochelle & Nafeesa Hamid
Hollywood Primary - Graeme Rose
Holy Family Catholic Primary - Aaron Corbett
Raddlebarn Primary - Craig Stephens
St Bernards Catholic Primary - Fateha Begum
St Gerards Catholic Primary - Carys Jones
St Matthews C of E Primary - Dominic Thompson
Water Mill Primary - Lexia Tomlinson

Production Dave Howard, with Lucy Bird and Dominic Thompson

With Thanks To
Emily Campbell
British Weightlifting; Chris Murray, Noorin Gulam, Fraer Morrow, Jennifer Tong
Weightlifting House
Clair Birch, Jo Calvino, Warley Weightlifting Club, Sam Hayer

Supported by
Arts Council England

Commissioned by Birmingham2022 Festival

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