“Bloody hell!” said The Stage of newcomer Sarah Louise Hughes, who takes the title role in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, the final hit offering in the Barn Theatre, Cirencester’s inaugural season. Ahead of Mates co-founder Terri Paddock’s post-show Q&A with Hughes, director Michael Strassen and the cast this Friday night, we’ve rounded up other review highlights that show why Barn productions really are #theatreworthtravellingfor. Time to get booking!
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice continues its limited season at the recently opened 200-seat Cotswolds venue until 4 August 2018, with a post-show talk chaired by MyTheatreMates co-founder Terri Paddock this Friday 20 July.
Sarah Louise Hughes takes the title role of Little Voice, in 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.
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.
Sarah Louise Hughes is making her professional debut with Gillian McCafferty (as LV’s mother Mari Hoff), 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!
From our Mate
Mates member Andrew Keates, who runs The Show People Podcast, attended last week’s opening of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at the Barn Theatre. For more opening buzz, also check out Holly Mallett‘s #FirstNightTakeover on our sister site StageFaves.com.
005: I love taking a trip to @theBarnTheatre. It’s such a fabulous little venue run by some super talented folk. I ❤️ it.
— Andrew Keates (@andrewkeates) July 11, 2018