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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Jim Cartwright
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 86
Pub. Date: 1995
ISBN-10: 0573695652
ISBN-13: 9780573695650
Cast Size: 3 women, 3 men
About the Play:

Winner of the 1992 Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and 1993 Olivier Award for Best Comedy

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is a full-length dramatic comedy by Jim Cartwright. A shy, working-class English girl with the extraordinary ability to mimic the pop singers from her dead father's record collection may be a meal ticket for a low-rent agent, even as the girl's abusive mother hopes to land the agent as a husband. Blown fuses, real and metaphorical, punctuate the action with flashes of pent up energy in this acclaimed play.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice tells the story of Little Voice (LV), a painfully shy, diminutive girl who 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. LV has a hidden talent: she has perfected faultless impersonations of the greatest divas, from Judy Garland to Edith Piaf. She hides in her room, crooning and dreaming of love, while her dishevelled 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.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice was first performed at the Royal National Theatre in 1992 and at The Aldwych Theatre in London’s West End, later that year. The production was nominated for six Olivier Awards, was winner of The Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy of the Year in 1992 and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 1993. It opened on Broadway in 1995 in a production that transferred from Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre in 1994.

Cast: 3 women, 3 men

What people say:

"Entertainment at its best.... The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is a cracker, original, hilarious and hauntingly sad." — The Daily Telegraph

"Utterly beguiling." — Daily Mail

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

"Extraordinary." — The Daily Express

"Like everything Cartwright writes, Little Voice is playful, magical and terrifying, a view of the world from an unexpected angle, perpetrated by an imagination that notices the dust in the grooves of old records and finds poetry in garish, swanky clothes or the glitterball of a rowdy northern club." — The Sunday Times

"A northern showbiz fairytale, a backstreet Cinderella story, with a built-in kick." — The Guardian

About the Playwright:

Jim Cartwright is among Britain's best dramatists. His plays are consistently performed around the world, where they have won numerous awards, and been translated into 30 languages. He trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama. However, it is as a playwright that he has really made his mark. His very first play, Road, won a number of awards before being adapted for TV and broadcast by the BBC. He is probably best known for his play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.

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