Push by Sapphire, New Diorama Theatre © Patrick Baldwin
Precious Jones lives in Harlem with her mother who beats and abuses her. She wants Precious to stay home, eat herself fat and keep the welfare checks coming. At age 12 Precious has her first child and four years later she has another. Her dad is the father. But Precious wants better for her son.After being suspended from school Precious joins the ‘Each One Teach One’ alternative school and, inspired by her new teacher and class mates, she learns to read and write.
Adapted from the novel by Sapphire and re-imagined by the ensemble cast, Push is a powerful and disturbing story told by Precious and her classmates, enlivened by humour, joy and 1980s music and dance moves., co-directed by Catherine Alexander (Quiconque / Complicite) and Grainne Byrne (Scarlet Theatre). Produced in collaboration with The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, this production is supported by the New Diorama Emerging Companies Fund.
Info: Push by Sapphire is at the New Diorama Theatre, 15-16 Triton Street, Regent's Place, London, NW1 3BF | Book tickets