Ella Hickson's Precious Little Talent is a play about the struggle of young people in their twenties to find their way in an increasingly hostile world. It was first performed at the Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh, on 6 August 2009, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The play begins in New York in December 2008. Joey, a 23-year-old English woman with a first-class degree and £20,000 worth of debt, has just been fired from her waitressing job, so she has come to New York on a whim to visit her estranged father, George. Once there, she discovers that he's suffering from dementia. George's carer is an American teenager called Sam, as optimistic in outlook as Joey is cynical. They fall in love, leaving Joey with a choice of returning to the rat race in London or staying in America.
The premiere production was directed by Ella Hickson with Emma Hiddleston as Joey, John McColl as George and Simon Ginty as Sam.
A revised, full-length production opened at the Trafalgar Studios, London, on 5 April 2011, directed by James Dacre and designed by Lucy Osborne. The cast was Anthony Welsh as Sam, Olivia Hallinan as Joey and Ian Gelder as George.