The cast of Precious Jewel

A Lichfield play will have a distinctly Elizabethan flavour – thanks to help from one of the star’s of TV’s Most Haunter.

Lesley Smith, who is also the curator of Tutbury Castle, has been working with Nobody’s Perfect Productions ahead of their double bill of plays by Lichfield writer Phil Preece.

Almost Human and Precious Jewel take a very different look at the abuse of power and position.

But finding the correct look for the latter play was not a simple task. Director Paolo Allen explained:

“We have been delighted by the amazing advice and costume assistance that Lesley has given the company and it is because of her creative help that we have been able to recreate a stunning set of Elizabethan costumes. Lesley has been amazing and I can’t thank her enough.”

Precious Jewel is set in 1583, the day before Queen Elizabeth’s 50th birthday. She has been out hunting, along with her many followers, and is caught out by a terrible storm and has to take refuge in an isolated country house. The household is thrown into turmoil almost as great as the storm outside as this most prestigious of visitors descends on them. However,there are secrets and stories to unravel.

Almost Human is set in the near future and concerns the plight of recluse, geek and loner, Rob Smallman who spends his days shut up in his room endlessly playing computer war games. He seems to have lost all contact with the outside world, apart from his Gran with whom he lives. However, he has left a game playing in the background of his laptop and a very special and dangerous visitor from the screen steps from the digital world into the confines of his bedroom.

This visitor is bent on world domination and somehow, Rob has to stop her!

The plays are at the Lichfield Garrick Studio Theatre from October 7 to 9. For more information visit

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