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THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE : BIG HEARTED THEATRE

Caroline O’Connor and Bishanyia Vincent in Jim Cartwright’s ‘The Rose and Fall of Little Voice’. Production photography by Robert Catto.

Jim Cartwright wrote THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE in 1992 but the play seems to be set some years earlier, in the late sixties or seventies. A great play can over the decades be interpreted through the lens of that particular period.

In all likelihood the play was probably interpreted as yet another great kitchen sink drama where poverty and lack of status turns people into monsters.

Today it could be interpreted through the me too movement where women are ruthlessly exploited with the promise of love or fame. However it doesn’t matter because you can enjoy it simply as a night of great theatre.

Jim Cartwright calls this play a modern fairytale where Little Voice alone in her room (the tower) mourns for her recently departed father through listening to his old record collection comprising mainly of divas such as Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey and Marilyn Monroe. She must be rescued by a gentle prince in the unlikely form of a meek telephone technician. Below her room is a world of tumult with a drunken mother storming about irresponsibly with a manipulative beau  both of whom are trying to exploit Little Voice’s freakish talent for mimicking great singers. Continue reading THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE : BIG HEARTED THEATRE

Shivered @ The Pact Theatre

Shivered hero - with text

Phillip Ridley’s harrowing play of grief and the impact of post traumatic stress is given the full on, in your face treatment, under Claudia Barrie’s direction. The play opens with loud heavy guitar sounds before a stark, all white room is suddenly and intensely illuminated. A single figure is screaming and begging for his life. The stage goes black. Continue reading Shivered @ The Pact Theatre