The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

The RoundApprox. 2hrs, 30mins (including one interval)Theatre
The Reviews Hub

★★★★★ “A northern showbiz fairy tale, a backstreet Cinderella story with a built-in kick”


Written by Jim Cartwright
Directed by Paul Robinson
Designer: Tim Meacock
Lighting Designer: Jason Taylor
Composition and Sound Designer: Simon Slater
Casting Director: Sarah Hughes CDG
Fight Director: Ian Stapleton

Key Cast:

Serena Manteghi - LV
Polly Lister - Mari Hoff
Sean McKenzie - Ray Say
Siôn Tudor Owen - Mr Boo
Gurjeet Singh - Billy
Laura Crowhurst - Sadie

Price: £25 - £10

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15 June - 19 August 2017

Winner of the Laurence Olivier award for Best New Comedy, and probably best known for the film adaptation starring Jane Horrocks and Brenda Blethyn set right here in Scarborough.

LV spends her days trying to avoid her domineering mother, Mari. She occupies herself listening to her late father’s records - Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland - all the time hiding an incredible gift for pitch-perfect impressions of them. When Mari’s latest boyfriend, talentscout Ray Say, overhears LV’s astonishing singing he wants to make her famous - and himself rich.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is in turns brutal and tender, terrifying and exhilarating and this production will serve up the perfect cocktail of northern grit and Hollywood glitz. It’s also packed with hilarious characters and hit songs. Bold, brassy and big-hearted.

★★★★★ The Guardian
“A northern showbiz fairy tale, a backstreet Cinderella story with a built-in kick”

★★★★★ Telegraph
“A cracker, original, hilarious… Jim Cartwright is one of the mavericks of British Theatre”

What the audience think

Meet the Cast

Director Paul Robinson: why this play?  

A message from Jim Cartwright

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Relaxed performance: Thursday 29 June, 1.30pm
Dementia Friendly performance: Thursday 6 July, 1.30pm
Captioned performance: Friday 7 July, 7.30pm
Audio Described performance: Saturday 8 July, 7.30pm

Running time: approx. 2hrs, 30mins (including one interval)

Age guidance: 
Following audience feedback, we have given this show an age guidance of 14+. Please note this is only a guide. You are the best judge of what your child will enjoy.

Content: flashing lights, smoke, sudden loud noises, some strong language and adult themes.

“Drama that's still beautifully and grittily on-song”
The Telegraph

"frantic and loud, sombre and silent, funny and tragic… It is a whirl of raw emotions"
Scarborough News

"Cartwright’s dialogue still crackles with wit and the play is filled with vivid characters"
British Theatre Guide

“Riotous… and above all entertaining – it kicks off this theatre’s summer season with considerable swagger.”

The Times

“an energetic and gritty performance”  
“this production can surely look forward to a triumphant run here in its spiritual home”  
The Reviews Hub


15 June 2017, 7.00pm

16 June 2017, 7.30pm

17 June 2017, 2.30pm

17 June 2017, 7.30pm

19 June 2017, 7.30pm

20 June 2017, 7.30pm

21 June 2017, 7.30pm

22 June 2017, 1.30pm

22 June 2017, 7.00pm

23 June 2017, 7.30pm

24 June 2017, 2.30pm

24 June 2017, 7.30pm

27 June 2017, 7.30pm

28 June 2017, 7.30pm

29 June 2017, 1.30pm

29 June 2017, 7.00pm

30 June 2017, 7.30pm

1 July 2017, 2.30pm

1 July 2017, 7.30pm

4 July 2017, 7.30pm

5 July 2017, 7.30pm

6 July 2017, 1.30pm

6 July 2017, 7.00pm

7 July 2017, 7.30pm

8 July 2017, 7.30pm

21 July 2017, 7.30pm

22 July 2017, 2.30pm

22 July 2017, 7.30pm

24 July 2017, 7.30pm

25 July 2017, 7.30pm

11 August 2017, 7.30pm

12 August 2017, 2.30pm

12 August 2017, 7.30pm

18 August 2017, 7.30pm

19 August 2017, 2.30pm

19 August 2017, 7.30pm

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funded by
Arts Council England
Whitby-Scarborough-Filey Borough of Scarborough