The one-woman show about a young mum by Scarborough playwright Chris York has won an award at the Edinburgh Fringe which could see it heading to Australia next year. Build a Rocket has received the Holden Street Theatres’ Edinburgh Fringe Award 2018, which gives winning shows the chance to take part in the Adelaide Fringe festival in February to March each year.Hard-hitting yet uplifting, Build a Rocket, starring Serena Manteghi, was seen at the Pleasance Courtyard in Edinburgh throughout this month. It’s directed by Paul Robinson, who said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that Build a Rocket has been recognised with this international award and has the opportunity to headline at the Holden Street Theatres during the brilliant Adelaide Fringe.”It returns to the Stephen Joseph Theatre from Friday August 31 to Saturday September 8.It tells the story of teenage single mum Yasmin.Christopher York was born and brought up in Scarborough. His short plays Jimbob, Seven … [Read more...] about Top Edinburgh award for Scarborough writer Chris
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Michaela Cooke will be Brenda Blethyn to her husband Tom’s Michael Caine as they take to the stage together for the first time in years. The play, so famously a big-name film in 1998, is The Rise & Fall of Little Voice, the Arundel Players’ contribution to this year’s Arundel Festival.The players are staging Jim Cartwright’s tale of despair, love and hope from Saturday, August 18-Saturday, August 25 at The Priory Playhouse, London Road, Arundel.Set in a small northern town, the play tells the tale of a shy, reclusive girl, nicknamed Little Voice (played by Ellie Earl) who lives with her larger-than-life mother, Mari (Michaela Cooke), whose sole purpose in life is to find another man.Ellie misses her dead father, and Mari’s imposing presence drives Little Voice into seclusion. She spends most of her time in her room obsessively listening to her father’s old record collection of famous divas. Her hidden talent is that she can sing like just like … [Read more...] about Arundel Festival: Michaela is Little Voice’s mum….
It’s always beguiling when a little bit of real life sneaks its way onto the stage, allowing us to conjecture about possible grit behind the greasepaint. For this revival of the Jim Cartwright modern classic that made a star out of Jane Horrocks, the dysfunctional mother/daughter pairing at the heart of the drama is played by actual mother and daughter Sally George and Rafaella Hutchinson. One fervently hopes that life is more peaceable, less chaotic, in their offstage house. Little Voice (Hutchinson), cripplingly shy and almost agoraphobic, lives in a decrepit house in a northern town with her brassy, blowsy mother Mari (George), who is serially disappointed by both men and life. The only thing that animates LV, that enables her to find her voice, is her late father’s precious record collection of classic female singers. LV’s uncanny ability to mimic Shirley Bassey, Judy Garland and Nancy Sinatra … [Read more...] about The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is sharp and witty but needs a lift
You may be more familiar with the 1990s film version starring Jane Horrocks, Michael Caine and Brenda Blethyn - but if you are making a trip to its Scarborough setting this summer, make sure you grab a ticket for this wonderful bittersweet stage show. The smash hit movie about a timid diva-loving singer being thrust unwantedly into the spotlight was based on a screenplay by Jim Cartwright - but now it is back on stage and back in the town where the film version was set.If, somehow, you've never seen either the film or the play, let me quickly bring you up to speed.Little Voice (or LV) is a painfully shy young girl who spends all day, every day locked in her bedroom playing the records of the likes of Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey and Marilyn Monroe and avoiding her tarty, alcoholic mother Mari in their ramshackle and rancid house, both clearly hoping for a way out of the worlds they find themselves in.A seedy, local talent agent by the name of Ray Say discovers the singing talents of LV … [Read more...] about THEATRE REVIEW: Little Voice
Ellie Earl won’t just have to sing for the Arundel Players this summer. She will have to sing in the manner of the greats including Shirley Bassey, Edith Piaf, Julie Andrews and Cilla Black. Ellie is playing the title role in their production of The Rise & Fall of Little Voice, a tale of despair, love and hope written by Jim Cartwright.The production runs eight nights until Saturday, August 25 at The Priory Playhouse, London Road, Arundel.Directed by Tony Bright, The Rise & Fall of Little Voice is set in a small northern town and is about a shy, reclusive girl, nicknamed Little Voice who lives with her larger-than-life mother, Mari, played by Michaela Cooke, whose sole purpose in life is to find another man.Ellie misses her dead father, and Mari’s imposing presence drives Little Voice into seclusion. She spends most of her time in her room obsessively listening to her father’s old record collection of famous divas.And there her real talent lies.“Her mum … [Read more...] about Mastering all the voices on stage!