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Jim Cartwright

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice


The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is Jim Cartwright’s original stage play, upon which the successful and highly acclaimed British film Little Voice, starring Jane Horrocks and
Michael Caine, is based.


The play tells the story of a shy, reclusive girl known as “Little Voice” (or “LV”) and her larger-than-life, out-of-control mother, Mari.

Desperately missing her dead father, Little Voice spends her time hiding away in her bedroom listening to her dad’s old album collection and perfecting astonishing impersonations of famous divas of a bygone era.

When Mari starts dating small-time club agent Ray Say, she thinks he’s her last chance for a better life. When Ray Say hears Little Voice sing, he thinks she’s his ticket to the big time. Little Voice just wants a normal life and to be loved. Not everyone is going to get what they want!

Cast Mari: Lynley McFaull
Ray Say: Michael Adams
LV: Louise Sables
Sadie: Jill Morris
Billy: Iain Jones
Phone Man: Russell Haigh
Mr Boo: John Ashton
Musical Director: Tom Harris
Production team Director
Tom Vavasour
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