The Hay Wain, painting by John Constable, 1821

The musical Precious Bane is an adaptation of the celebrated 1926 novel by Mary Webb. The story takes place in the early 1800s on a farm in Shropshire, England. Precious Bane is essentially a love story, but it is also the story of a sister and brother, Prue and Gideon Sarn.

“A rousing and romantic story! Very powerful and moving, and the music will swell its already very large emotions. The minor characters are sharply drawn, and Prue, Gideon, and Kester are all fully human—though Prue and Kester are kinder and nobler than most—while Gideon (my favorite character) develops nicely into his monstrous and finally guilt-ridden self. After a thoughtful Act I, events tumble to their conclusion in Act II. Can’t wait to see it on stage!”
—Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro, playwright, Cambridge MA

“This is excellent, dramatic, compelling.”
—Dr. Gladys Mary Coles, President, the Mary Webb Society

Precious Bane brought back my memories of the book, the atmosphere so well captured in the dialogue and the Greek Chorus effect that served to represent descriptive passages in the novel. That was an inspired idea! The script and music are so interwoven that together they equal far more than the sum of their parts. It pulled me along: I could hardly put it down. Congratulations—with thanks for enriching my life.”
—Roberta Humez, Conductor emerita, Youth Pro Musica

“Beautiful Miriam Raiken-Kolb-trademark music....story compelling.....”
—Andrea Southwick, Director, Southwick Studio