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Rise and Fall of Little Voice at Derby Theatre


Picture: Rebecca Brierley as Little Voice at Derby Theatre - Credit: Robert Day

THERE has been some thoroughly enjoyable productions at Derby Theatre since Sarah Brigham took over as artistic director at the venue and that includes the current show The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. It was written in 1992 by Jim Cartwright and was originally directed by Sam Mendes with Jane Horrocks and Alison Steadman starring. As well as creating strong characters, the ability of Little Voice to impersonate famous divas, such as Judy Garland, Edith Piaf and Shirley Bassey, gives the show a bit of added theatrical glamour to contrast with the grim nature of much of working class life.

It’s a successful mixture of escapism and reality that resulted in a 1998 film with Horrocks reprising her role and Michael Caine playing Ray Say, the small time agent who mum Mari sees as her last chance of a better life but whose main interest is the meal ticket that Little Voice could prove to be.

At Derby, Little Voice is played by Rebbeca Brierley, a fantastic young talent.But the show undoubtedly belongs to Tracy Brabin as LV’s brassy mother. Terrific performance.

You can read the full review in tomorrow's Burton Mail (Nov 7).


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