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
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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!
We've probably all been there from time to time - we're desperate to get to wherever we're go and, then, the fuel warning light comes on. And, because we all think we know roughly how much further we can go without running out of fuel, we carry on hoping we can make it to our destinations in time. Sometimes, the story ends well. Other times, it doesn't - and we're left stranded at the side of the road and calling someone for help. The problem is that some drivers may think they know how much more fuel they have left - but they might be quite wrong. And, of course, that means some motorists run out of fuel on a motorway or dual carriageway. Those who move their vehicle out of the way of the flow of traffic onto the hard shoulder do not face any action - but those who stop while on the road, blocking traffic, can be issued with a ticket for causing an obstruction. So, when the fuel warning light does come on, exactly how much fuel have you got left? And, more importantly, is it enough to … [Read more...] about How far can I drive when my fuel warning light comes on?
A new show written by a Scarborough playwright marks the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut. Build a Rocket – about teenage pregnancy in Scarborough – is by Christopher York.It will be seen at the Pleasance Courtyard in Edinburgh throughout next month before returning to Scarborough for a 10-show run at the Stephen Joseph from Friday August 31 to Saturday September 8.A one-woman show directed by the Stephen Joseph’s artistic director Paul Robinson, it tells the story of Yasmin, played by Serena Manteghi, who audiences will remember as LV in last year’s hit production of the Rise and Fall of Little Voice.It will have a single performance at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk tomorrow before returning to Scarborough for two previews at 7.45pm on Tuesday July 24 and Wednesday July 25, which will be ‘pay what you decide’ shows, – another first for the Stephen Joseph.Robinson said: “I couldn’t be more … [Read more...] about Scarborough playwright gives theatre Edinburgh debut