Review: The Rise and Fall of Little Voice
First and foremost, this is a must see production;
a wonderful show from start to finish, produced
by Donnamarie Stamp with a superb cast.
The play itself is beautifully written by multiaward winning playwright Jim Cartwright.
As the curtains opened, the audience had a great set to feast their eyes upon; a living room, fully
working kitchen, an upstairs and as revealed later in the play, a section of wall
that opened to show
There was a sense of realism with the clutter in the Kitchen, the 80s décor and
props, the lighting effects which showed several power cuts very convincingly and the sound effects
and music. This was a real collective effort by the whole production team to make all of these effects
work so well.
I was thoroughly impressed by the whole cast too. LV was the perfect role for Lesley Harris who with
a stunning singing voice was able to perform so many songs in so many styles; her final performance
being an impressive treat for the audience. On top of this she played the timid victim excellently.
Frank Stamp as Ray Say was absolutely convincing as the manipulative, small-time manager. He was
sleazy but sweet, determined but thoughtful. I thought both his brutal show-down with Mari and his
final scene were brilliant; gritty, emotional and brave.
Sarah Mullins as Sadie, the almost mute
neighbour was hilarious! To make a character with very few lines such a great one takes skill, so hats
off to her!
Alan Pattenden as Mr Boo was a perfect casting; his scenes as the club host were very
Scott Ord, playing Billy, had his debut on the stage and I thought he did a lovely job. The
relationship between himself and LV was really sweet.
John Mitchell played LV’s late father, and
although this was a small role, it was a significant one and I actually cried when he stood in the
audience overlooking her final club performance.
A great touch.
I have saved Joan Young till last as she played the part of Mari Hoff, the boozy, selfish mother of LV,
to an absolute T. What a triumph! I could easily imagine Joan on a professional stage. Every line was
delivered with punch, pace and passion and she embraced the character from head to toe. She
made us laugh, cry and screw our faces in disgust, all in one speech! I loved watching her perform
and Joan, along with the rest of the cast, the wonderful set and production qualities, made this one
of my favourite shows. Well done RLT.
Reviewed by Victoria Evans
OUR NEXT PRODUCTION
A Bunch of Amateurs
Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear!
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Retford Little Theatre is pleased to annouce our 78th
Season of plays will open with A Foot in the Door
by Richard Harris, and
with The Nightingales
A Bunch of Amateurs (Ian Hislop, Nick Newman), Fondly Remembered (Gareth Armstrong) and When the Wind Blows (Raymond Briggs) complete the season's line up.
Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 season brochure (printed copies available at the theatre Box Office).
Further details of all the plays in the
2018-19 season, including ticket information, can be found here.