Preparations are well underway for Michael Strassen’s much-anticipated revival of Jim Cartwright’s 1992 modern classic The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. which concludes the acclaimed inaugural season at the new state-of-the-art Barn Theatre in Cirencester. Final casting and creative details have now been announced – and we’ve got a first-look peek into rehearsals with the company too…
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 on Friday 20 July.
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.
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.
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 Hoff as previously announced.
The mother-daughter pairing are joined in the cast by Gary Richards (as Ray), Hadley Brown (Billy), Larissa Hunter (Sadie) and Stephen Omer (Phone Man/Mr Boo). The production is designed by Christina Cammarota, with sound by Chris Cleal and lighting by Sam Tanner. It’s produced for the Barn by Jamie Chapman Dixon.
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!