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Claire Ryan (Little Voice)

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice was written in a 1992 by English dramatist Jim Cartwright. It was first produced at the Royal National Theatre starring Jane Horrocks and Alison Steadman who also appeared in the outstanding film adaption in 1998. 

Little Voice is compelling and engaging tale of a shy, reclusive girl named Little Voice and her larger than life, out of control mother Mari. Desperately missing her dead father, Little Voice spends her time locked in her bedroom listening to his old record collection and perfecting astonishing impersonations of famous divas including Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Dusty Springfield

When Mari starts dating small time club agent Ray Say, she thinks he’s her last chance for a better life. When Ray Say hears Little Voice sing, he thinks she’s his ticket to the big time. Little Voice just wants a normal life and to be loved. Not everyone is going to get what they want.

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Steve Huggins (Ray Say)

This is the first time that Next Stage have produced this fantastic British play – Little Voice will also see Petra Schofield directing Next Stage for the first time.  Petra has directed and produced many shows in the Bath area, including the award winning RENT that had a sell out run at The Mission in November 2012 and the double award winning Decent Rogues and Pencoweth for Music is Life Productions, touring to The Bridewell Theatre London and the glorious Minack Theatre, Cornwall. Petra is also the Artistic Director of Magic Penny Productions where she creates bespoke productions and is currently touring across the region in “Women of World War 1” with Musicians South West.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice will be a huge favourite with audiences, bringing together the very best of the Next Stage Theatre Company and featuring Claire Ryan in the titular role this is a timeless story of love and loss and the quest for personal happiness, regardless of the potential consequences. Don’t miss it!


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