Voice is waiting to be heard

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

This Olivier Award winning comedy Rise and Fall of Little Voice was a smash hit on the West End starring Jane Horrocks and Alison Steadman and was made into a hit film with Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn and Jane Horrocks.

And from Monday, June 17, it is also the latest production presented by Hebden Bridge Little Theatre, Holme Street, running until Saturday, June 22, at 7.30pm each night and with a matinee on Saturday afternoon at 2.30pm.

The heart-warming Jim Cartwright-penned story focuses on the relationship between a shy, reclusive girl named Little Voice and her brash, larger than life mother Mari. Desperately missing her dead father, LV as she is known, spends her time locked in her bedroom singing along to the various divas on his old record collection.

When Ray Say, a small time club agent who Mari is dating, hears her remarkable talent he sees her as his passport to the big time and her mother sees him as her chance of a better life. They both want something from LV but what does she want? No one asks her.

The theatre has been fortunate to enlist the services of Viki Kent in the challenging lead role of LV. Viki trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

Two people make their debuts with the theatre, Steve Marsden as Ray Say and Stuart Davison in the dual roles of Phone Man and Mr Boo. Helen Forsyth lets rip as man-hunting Mari and Lynn Lord is her dull-witted friend Sadie from next door. Amidst the mayhem Andy Bean quietly shares his dreams with LV as Billy the telephone engineer.

Director Alan Stockdill says: “It’s a wonderful, sparkling comedy with moments of surprising poignancy.” Tickets are available at Innovation, Hebden Bridge, or by ringing 01422 843907.