Tuesday 15 October
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice
by Jim Cartwright
Directed by Bruce McIntosh
The play tells the story of a shy, reclusive woman named Little Voice (“LV”) and her larger than life, out of control mother Mari.
Desperately missing her dead father, LV spends her time locked in her bedroom listening to his old record collection and producing impersonations of famous divas such as Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe and Edith Piaf. She frequently plunges the dilapidated house she shares with the self-indulgent Mari into darkness by playing records at a volume.
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 LV’s singing is his ticket to the big time.
LV just wants a normal life and to be loved. Not everyone is going to get what they want.
This is an engaging fairy tale of despair, love and finally hope as LV finds a voice of her own. Blown fuses, real and metaphorical, punctuate the action with flashes of pent up energy in this acclaimed play.
Little Voice. Female 25 – 45
Quiet, “invisible” woman, overshadowed by her garrulous mother, who spends her days in her bedroom lost in in the world of her late father’s record collection.
Versatile singer (short passages). Focus on balanced, effective acting skills.
Mari. Female 45-65
Loud, somewhat vulgar, trashy woman. Powerful character. Totally self-focussed.
Strong acting skills, able to project a powerful character without caricature.
Billy. Male 30-45
Quiet, restrained man who is distantly in love with LV. Unable to express his feelings. Limited conversation.
Requires proven skill to convey this character with limited emotional span.
Ray Say. Male 45-65
Brash, seedy, masks his obvious small-time ability by projecting a bigger personality than is warranted. Selfish, turning to anger when his opportunities may be foiled.
Strong acting with ability to balance and avoid a one-tone “shouty” performance.
Mr Boo. Male 45-55
Northern club owner. Seedy, unctuous, stained and battered.
Most of the role is as MC at his tatty club, presenting turns to the audience. Opportunity for some audience interaction. Ability to maintain the character and avoid going off plot in these instances.
Sadie. Female 45-65
Supporting role. A foil to Mari.
Limited lines, but still strong performance skills needed.
The audition will comprise two elements; an individual monologue and group read-through of short passages from The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.
You should prepare a 1-minute monologue which you will perform, without script, to the audition panel.
The monologue should be drawn from a theatrical script rather than a poem. Consider the play you are auditioning for when selecting your piece – The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is a real, modern drama so Osborne or Godber may be more relevant than Shakespeare or Wilde.
We will then ask you about the piece you have performed.
We will conduct the usual group read-through, ensuring all who wish to be considered for different roles get the opportunity to read for that part.
A PDF copy of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is available on request. Hard copies are on order.
Venue: The Lymington Centre at 7.30 pm
For more information contact: Bruce McIntosh 07554 003976