Little Voice revival for The Barn Cirencester

The Barn, Cirencester, ends its smash-hit, inaugural, season this July with a major revival of Jim Cartwright’s award-winning drama, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.

Directed by Michael Strassen, Little Voice is a multi-Olivier winner and Jane Horrocks, the star of its film adaptation, was Oscar nominated.

First produced in 1992, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice was voted third best play of the decade and has been named as one of the top 50 best plays in the history of theatre.

The cast includes newcomer Sarah Louise Hughes, in the title role of Little Voice, Gillian McCarthy plays her out-of-control mother, Mari, and Angela Phinnimore is neighbour, Sadie with Stephen Omer as Mr Boo.

Sarah Louise Hughes graduates from the Italia Conti Academy this month. She was a member of National Youth Music Theatre. Credits while training include Baroness Rack in Epsom Downs, Caliban in The Tempest, and MC in Cabaret.

RADA trained, Gillian McCafferty, has appeared in Daisy Pulls it Off (Upstairs at the Gatehouse); The Diary of Anne Frank (Broadway Theatre); State Fair (Trafalgar Studios); Absent Friends, Confusions, Green Grass, The Pajama Game, Indigenous People and Karaoke Nights (Union Theatre).

Her TV credits include The Escape Artist (BBC), Silent Witness (BBC) and Pie in The Sky (BBC).

Stephen Omer has worked extensively in theatre and has recently appeared in the premiere of No Villain, a forgotten piece by Arthur Miller, at the Trafalgar Studios.

Other work includes Fatal Attraction (Haymarket) and The Long The Short and The Tall (Albery). TV includes all the major soaps, Downton Abbey, Spooks, Grownups, Grange Hill, The Bill, Down to Earth and Kavanagh QC.

Angela was born and brought up in Gloucester and trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.

Her theatre credits include: The Crucible (Lyric Theatre, Belfast) and Fatal Attraction (Theatre Royal, Haymarket). TV credits include: Eastenders; Casualty and Happiness.

Little Voice tells the heart-warming story of a reclusive Northern girl-next-door whose remarkable ability to impersonate the great singers provides her with an opportunity to transcend her tragic and unappealing domestic life.

But pushed by a foul-mouthed, hard-drinking mother, and coaxed into the limelight by her mother’s latest talent agent boyfriend, Mr Boo, timid ‘Little Voice’ needs to conquer more than just stage-fright if she is to find her own voice in the world.

The Barn Theatre’s artistic director, Iwan Lewis, said: “Little Voice is a modern British classic and it’s the perfect play to end our inaugural season.

“Michael Strassen is one of theatre’s great directors and it’s very exciting to welcome such an excellent and prolific creative to the Barn Theatre to bring his radical interpretation of Little Voice.”

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice will run at the Barn Theatre, Cirencester, from July 7 – August 4.

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