The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

by  Jim Cartwright

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 3f

Winner! Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy
Winner! Olivier Awards for Best Comedy

"Entertainment at its best.... Original, hilarious and hauntingly sad." - London Daily Telegraph

"Utterly beguiling." - London Daily Mail

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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

by  Jim Cartwright

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Blown fuses, real and metaphorical, punctuate the action with flashes of pent up energy in this acclaimed play. The diminutive heroine frequently plunges the dilapidated house she shares with her alcoholic mother into darkness by playing her dead father's records at a volume matched only by the soulful power of her vocal impressions. Little Voice has a hidden talent: she can emulate every chanteuse from Judy Garland to Edith Piaf. She hides in her room, crooning and dreaming of love, while her disheveled mother mistakes a seedy agent's interest as affection rather than enthusiasm for the gold mine buried in her daughter's throat. This is an engaging fairy tale of despair, love and finally hope as LV finds a voice of her own.
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Accolades

  • Winner! Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy
    Winner! Olivier Awards for Best Comedy

Reviews

"Entertainment at its best.... Original, hilarious and hauntingly sad." - London Daily Telegraph

"Utterly beguiling." - London Daily Mail

"We leave singing, our happiness fired by a glowing mixture of grit and innocence, magic, irony and truth." - What's On

"Extraordinary." - London Daily Express

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Jim Cartwright

Jim Cartwright lives in Lancashire, where he was born. Road, his first play, opened at the Royal Court Theatre in 1986, was revived again at the Royal Court that same year, and again in 1987, before being taken on a nationwide tour. It won the Samuel Beckett Award, Drama magazine’s Best New Play Award and ...

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