Precious Bane

Category: Previous Productions, Sensory, Theatre



Precious Bane tells the stories of Prue Sarn and her brother Gideon.  Prue is a free spirit whose life has been cursed by her facial disfigurement – a hare lip, referred to in the book as her ‘precious bane’.  Living in the 19th century wilds of Shropshire she inevitably becomes a victim of malice and superstition.  Locked into a life of rural toil, Prue finds solace in the countryside she loves so much and her seemingly unrequited love for Kester Woodseaves, the weaver.

Her brother’s story is more tragic.  Driven by a lust for wealth and power in a society which won’t allow him to advance, Gideon attacks nature and destroys all those who are close to him.  His self-destruction becomes a metaphor for the disastrous consequences of subverting nature’s will.

Over the years Interplay has developed a technique of unlocking the five senses in order to access young people with complex disabilities. Through its unique theatre productions the company has acquired a reputation for drama which is both accessible and emotionally challenging, and puts the audience at the very heart of the play.

Precious Bane was adapted for both special schools and also for arts centres, theatres and festivals.

Adapted by Jonathan Davidson
Directed by Steve Bryne
The play toured nationally from 2 November 2008 until 31 March 2009 for schools and to arts venues in May 2009.


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