Little Voice sings out at Dundee Rep

Helen Darbyshire who plays Little Voice at Dundee Rep Theatre.
Helen Darbyshire who plays Little Voice at Dundee Rep Theatre.

THE award winning Dundee Rep Ensemble presents The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, a gripping story of love, greed and the power of music.

It opened at Dundee Rep Theatre on Monday and runs until Saturday, March 19.

Originally produced for The National Theatre in 1992, Jim Cartwright weaves poverty with poetry in his best known and most popular play.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice reminds us that no matter how hard poverty hits or recession strikes, the power of music and the legacy of love transform lives and triumph over all. Little Voice (played by Ensemble graduate Helen Darbyshire) obsessively listens to her late father’s extensive record collection.

When the music stops her voice continues impersonating each star to perfection. But when her brazen mother, Mari, and her latest conquest Ray Say, (Ensemble members Irene MacDougall and Robert Paterson) try to cash in on her talent and turn her into a star, they turn Little Voice’s life of quiet solitude upside down.

This black comedy takes you from Mari’s chaotic and dilapidated home to the club where LV is forced to confront her biggest challenge yet.

This incredibly moving and energetic production follows the story of LV as she discovers the hardest thing of all; her own voice. Dundee Rep’s associate director Jemima Levick directs, with an all star creative team; Janet Bird (Age of Arousal, Royal Lyceum/Stellar Quines), Jon Beales (Whiskey Galore, Pitlochry Festival Theatre) Colin Grenfell (Blackwatch, National Theatre of Scotland) along with voice and singing coaches Ros Steen and Marion McNeil.

Tickets available from Dundee Rep box office on 01382 223530 or online www.dundeerep.co.uk