THEATRE: Raise your Little Voice at Wokingham Theatre

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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is appearing at Wokingham Theatre
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is appearing at Wokingham Theatre

A MODERN-day fairytale of a little girl who dreams of becoming a singer will be performed by Wokingham Theatre this week.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice tells the story of shy and reclusive Laura Hoff, and her over-the-top fame-hungry mother Mari. Laura, known to her friends and family as LIttle Voice, flees reality by locking herself in her bedroom and crooning along to her late father’s old record collection.

Having perfected the dulcet tones of Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe and Dusty Springfield, Little Voice catches the attention of her mother’s new boyfriend, club agent Ray Say. Mari spots her chance for a better life, and Ray thinks he’s discovered a goldmine. Little Voice just wants a normal life and to be left alone, but who will get what they want?

Originally produced in the West End in 1992 starring Jane Horrocks as Little Voice, and Alison Steadman as Mari, the musical recently underwent a revival starring X Factor’s Diana Vickers in the title role, and Lesley Sharp as the eccentric mother.

Director Margery Jackson says: “This is an engaging fairy tale of despair, love and finally hope our heroine finds a voice of her own.”

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice opens at Wokingham Theatre on Thursday, April 20 and runs until Saturday, April 29. Tickets are £12. For more information and to book visit www.wokingham-theatre.org.uk.

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