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Little Voice's grand tale takes over Romford's Brookside stage

PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 August 2016

Sarah Dorsett as Mari, Becky O’Brien as Little Voice and Jai Sepple as Ray Say

Sarah Dorsett as Mari, Becky O'Brien as Little Voice and Jai Sepple as Ray Say

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A savage black comedy-drama with endearing characters battling life challenges is coming to the stage of Brookside Theatre.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice - Brookside TheatreThe Rise and Fall of Little Voice - Brookside Theatre

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice has been described as a heart-felt story of humility with a musical twist.

It follows the tale of painfully shy and petite Little Voice, who lives in the north of England with her mother Mari.

Gifted with the voice of the greatest divas, she discovers her talent while singing along to her late father’s records, including Judy Garland and Dame Shirley Bassey, as she takes refuge from her mother’s drunken and overbearing antics.

When Mari’s latest boyfriend, a small-time working men’s club impresario Ray Say, overhears Little Voice singing, he pushes her to stardom she does not want, triggering a tragic sequence of events.

Starring Collier Row Britain’s Got Talent semi finalist and star of The Judy Garland Story UK Becky O’Brien as Little Voice, the award-winning play by Jim Cartwright is a northern showbiz fairy tale set in 1992 Lancashire.

It is directed by Jai Sepple manager of the theatre in Eastern Road, Romford, who also stars in the role of Ray Say.

Mr Sepple told the Recorder two aspects of the play really stand out.

He said: “Not only the story of Little Voice but also the underlying story of Mari, played by Sarah Dorsett.

“I think that everyone will identify with at least one of the characters in the show as everyone has had challenges to overcome in their life and everyone makes mistakes at some point.”

The actor-director also emphasised the play’s music. “It is great to have such a wonderful singer as Becky to perform some of the best love songs made famous by such iconic singers as Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe, Dusty Springfield, Cilla Black, Edith Piaf, Liza Minelli and, of course, Judy Garland.”

The production is staged to raise money for Women’s Aid, a charity helping women and children victims of domestic violence.

The show runs from August 17 to 20 and tickets can be booked on brooksidetheatre.com or 01708 755775.

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