I’m delighted to return to the Barn Theatre for my third, successive post-show Q&A after the success of this brand-new destination venue’s first two, acclaimed productions, family musical The Secret Garden and Simon Stephens’ drama One Minute.
“Enchanting, uplifting, emotional and truthful… a comedic tragedy about finding your voice in a noisy world.”
Written by English dramatist Jim Cartwright in 1992, Olivier Award-winning Best Comedy The Rise and Fall of Little Voice tells the heartwarming story of a reclusive Northern girl-next-door whose remarkable ability to impersonate the great singers of old – including Cilla Black, Edif Piaf, Marilyn Monroe and many others – brings her into the spotlight.
Pushed by her foul-mouthed, hard-drinking mother Mari and Mari’s equally unappealing talent agent boyfriend RaySay, timid ‘Little Voice’ will need to conquer more than just stage-fright if she is to find her own voice in the world.
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice has been named as one of the top 50 plays of all time and hailed as “a Northern showbiz fairytale, a backstreet Cinderella story, with a built-in kick” by The Guardian.
This major new production is directed by Michael Strassen and features a cast including newcomer discovery Sarah Louise Hughes, just out of Italia Conti drama school, as the title star LV, the role originated onstage and screen by Jane Horrocks, and Gillian McCafferty as mother Mari.
Note: Mature language, smoking and adult themes are used throughout the show.
For the post-show Q&A after the 7.30pm performance on Friday 28 July 2018, I’ll be joined by director Michael Strassen and the The Rise and Fall of Little Voice company.