Little Voice is set to soar for Little Theatre crowd

From the left, Steve Marsden, Viki Kent and Helen Forsyth in Hebden Bridge Little Theatre's production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

From the left, Steve Marsden, Viki Kent and Helen Forsyth in Hebden Bridge Little Theatre's production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

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Jim Cartwright’s popular ‘The Rise and Fall of Little Voice’ is a last minute change to the programme at Hebden Bridge Little Theatre this summer - but the production team is confident audiences will love the switch.

The planned production of Alan Bennett’s ‘Habeas Corpus’ has been switched to next spring but ‘The Rise and Fall of Little Voice’ is ready to take to the Little Theatre stage from Monday, June 17 to Saturday, June 22.

Theatre president Mike Peel said: “We apologise to our audiences for this late switch but feel sure they will enjoy the replacement.”

‘Little Voice’ was a smash hit on the West End with Jane Horrocks and Alison Steadman. Jane Horrocks went on to reprise the role in the film version with Michael Caine and Brenda Blethyn.

The play’s heart-warming story focuses on the relationship between a shy, reclusive girl, LV, who spends her time in her bedroom listening to old records of singing divas, and her larger-than-life mother, Mari.

When club agent Ray Sayhears LV singing and recognises her talent, he sees her as his passport to the big time - while for Mari, LV is the ticket to a better life.

They both want something from the girl - but what does she want for herself?

Viki Kent, who trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, takes on the challenging role of LV. Making their Little Theatre debuts are Steve Marsden as Ray Say and Stuart Davison in the dual roles of Phone Man and Mr Boo. Helen Forsyth lets rip as the man-eating Mari and Lynn Lord is her dull-witted neighbour. Andy Bean is Billy, the telephone engineer who shares LV’s dreams, and the director is Alan Stockdill.

The show starts at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are available on 01422 843907 or from Innovation, Hebden Bridge.

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