After the success of The Secret Garden and, currently, Simon Stephens’ One Minute, the new Barn Theatre in Cirencester concludes its inaugural season with a brand-new production of Jim Cartwright’s 1992 modern classic The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Initial casting has just been announced…
Michael Strassen directs the new Barn Theatre production of Jim Cartwright‘s Olivier Award-winning play with music, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, which will have a strictly limited season at the 200-seat Cotswold venue from 7 July to 4 August 2018, with a press night on 11 July and a post-show talk chaired by MyTheatreMates co-founder Terri Paddock scheduled for 20 July (tbc).
First produced in 1992, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice was voted third best play of the decade and has been named as one of the top 50 best stage plays of all time. The play was nominated for six Oliviers, winning three of them as well as the prestigious Evening Standard Award. In the 1998 Oscar-nominated film adaptation, Little Voice, Jane Horrocks reprised her performance in the title role in a cast that also featured Brenda Blethyn, Michael Caine and Ewan McGregor.
At the Barn Theatre, newcomer Sarah Louise Hughes, who graduates from Italia Conti this month, takes the title role of Little Voice, with Gillian McCafferty playing her mother Mari and Angela Phinnimore as Sadie. Further casting and creatives will be announced shortly.
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice tells the heart-warming story of a reclusive Northern girl-next-door whose remarkable ability to impersonate the great singers provides her with an opportunity to transcend her tragically unappealing domestic life. But pushed by a foul-mouthed, hard-drinking mother and coaxed into the limelight by her mother’s latest talent agent boyfriend, timid ‘Little Voice’ will need to conquer more than just stage-fright if she is to find her own voice in the world.
Commenting on the Barn’s latest offering, artistic director Iwan Lewis said: “Little Voice is a modern British classic and it’s the perfect play to end our inaugural season. Michael Strassen is one of theatre’s great directors; it’s very exciting to welcome such excellent and prolific creatives to our theatre to bring his radical interpretation to The Barn.”
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice runs 7 July to 4 August 2018 at The Barn, 5 Beeches Road, Cirencester GL7 1BN. Performances are Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced £14-£30. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Jim Cartwright – Cartwright is a multi-award-winning, international playwright, screenwriter and director. His work is in almost continuous production around the world and has been translated into over 35 languages. His plays – which, in addition to Little Voice , include Road, Bed, Two, Eight Miles High, I Licked a Slag’s Deodorant, Raz and, most recently, Stand Up Stand Up – have been widely performed in the West End and on Broadway as well as at the National Theatre, the Royal Court and other flagship theatres.
Michael Strassen (director) – After 25 years as an actor working in West End and top repertory theatre with such directors as Nicholas Hytner, Jonathan Kent, Gale Edwards and composers Stephen Sondheim, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Michel Legrand, Michael was initially drawn into staging and directing for Ruthie Henshall’s first one-woman show at The Royal Festival Hall. Phillip Ridley’sdark, controversial play The Pitchfork Disney cemented his passion for directing honest and potent theatre. Michael has directed in such venues as The Theatre Royal, Haymarket; St James’ Theatre; Cadogan Hall; The Royal Festival Hall; The Lyric Theatre HKAPA, Hong Kong; De Montfort Hall, Leicester; The Greenwich Theatre; Union Theatre; Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud; Indigo O2; The Hippodrome, London; C Venues, Edinburgh; Customs House, Tyneside; St James’ Theatre Studio and Royce Hall, Los Angeles.
Sarah Louise Hughes (Little Voice) – Sarah graduated from Italia Conti Academy in June 2018. She was a member of National Youth Music Theatre. Credits while training include Baroness Rack in Epsom Downs, Caliban in The Tempest, and MC in Cabaret. Sarah is thrilled to be making her professional debut in the iconic role of LV at the new Barn Theatre in Cirencester.
Angela Phinnimore (Sadie) – Angela was born and brought up in Gloucester and trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Her theatre credits include: The Crucible (Lyric Theatre, Belfast) and Fatal Attraction (Theatre Royal, Haymarket). TV credits include: Eastenders; Casualty and Happiness as well as various commercials, and voice-overs.
Gillian McCafferty (Mari) – Gillian trained at RADA. Her theatre credits include: Pride and Prejudice (R.A.D.A with Cunard), Hamlet , Romeo and Juliet, Richard III and The Canterbury Tales (R.A.D.A with Cunard), Daisy Pulls it Off (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), The Diary of Anne Frank (Broadway Theatre), State Fair (Trafalgar Studios), Absent Friends, Confusions, Green Grass, The Pajama Game, Indigenous People and Karaoke Nights (Union Theatre), The Guid Sisters (R.A.D.A), Schoolgirls in Uniform (BAC), The Snow Queen, (Chelsea Arts), The Sash (Finborough), Ladies of The Corridor (Finborough). TV includes: The Escape Artist (BBC), Silent Witness (BBC), Pie in The Sky (BBC).