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"The Rise and Fall of Little Voice" by Jim Cartwright - November 2011

 

Directed by Sally Anderson

Production Manager Jon Jones

The Cast (in order of appearance)

Mari

Sarah Taylor

Little Voice

Ailsa Pearce

Phone Man

Terry Hall

Billy

Tom Spencer

Sadie

Annette Ayres

Ray Say

David Darby

Mr. Boo

Stan Harbidge

Jean 'the organist'

Sue Terry

 

Little Voice Singing

Synopsis

Little Voice (LV) lives alone with her mother Mari whose sole purpose in life is to find another man. Mari's imposing presence drives the shy LV into utter seclusion and she spends her time in her bedroom listening to her late father's records. When smalltime impresario Ray Say, Mari's latest catch, hears LV's faultless impersonations of various famous singers, he recognises the gold in her voice and determines to exploit it, but the whirlwind rush for success breaks LV and dashes Ray's hopes. Finally, however, LV gains the courage to speak and sing in her own voice.

"Popular entertainment at its best... funny, sentimental, and savage by turns, bursting with compassion and life.' Daily Telegraph
"Like everything Cartwright writes, it is playful, magical and terrifying.' Sunday Times

The action of the play takes place in the home of Mari Hoff in an unspecified Northern English Town.

Act 1

Interval

Act 2

Mari & LV

The Production Team

Stage Manager

Bob Terry

assisted by

Richard Stanway

 

Jon Jones

Prompt 

Sue Terry

Properties

Val Rushworth

 

Carol Radford

Sound & Lighting

Clive Holland

 

Lynne Holland

 

Terry Hall

Set Design 

Bob Terry

 

David Darby

 

Jon Jones

Set Construction

Bob Terry

 

& Group Members

Costumes

Christine Harbidge

Publicity

Jon Jones

 

Annette Ayres

Ticket Sales

Christine Harbidge

Front of House

Christine Harbidge

Refreshments

Yvonne Purser

 

Bill Sylvester

Photography

Sally Anderson

Mari & Sadie dancing
Mari & Ray
Billy & LV

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