The Rise and Fall of Little voice was written by Jim Cartwright and first performed in 1992 at the Aldwych Theatre in London’s West End
Mourning the death of her father, Little Voice (Kate Robson-Stuart) spends her time locked in her room listening to his old records and perfecting her singing impersonations.
Her mother (played by Ann Skye) brings home her latest lover, Ray Say (Simon Jessop) who recognises Little Voices’ talent and brings this to the attention of club owner Mr Boo (David Morley Hale).
Once again the Queens Theatre props and stage department have outdone themselves with a fully open 2 floor house. Whether upstairs or downstairs, the actors are always on show and this often means that although a character may no longer part of the current scene they are still on show in their respective parts of the house. The open house leads to some interesting reactions of character in scenes when they are not the main focus and this is most relevant to the character of Little Voice (LV) whose nature is to blend into the background
In the current series of productions at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, we have already seen that Kate Robson-Stuart could act in ‘Love, Lies and Lust’ as the outlandish character of Margery Pinchwife and now she surpasses that performance using both her amazing singing and acting talents to portray the quiet and crestfallen Little Voice.
Simon Jessop returns to the Queen’s Theatre as Ray Say, proving once again that he can play it straight as well as doing comedy, Anna Skye plays a Essex Mom stereotype and provides most of the comedy for the night, Bibi Nerheim is unrecognisable as the overweight Sandie, David Morley Hale acts to the audience as Mr Boo and Elliot Harper provides the only sanity and support for LV as Billy
The night was enjoyable and I laughed all the way though.
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