Looking Back at The Rise and Fall of Little Voice
LV and Billy Revisited
As part of our Memory Box feature, we'll be delving into our archive and looking back at popular Derby Theatre productions.
This week is our production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, performed in Autumn 2014.
Since meeting on the production, actors Rebecca Brierley and Tom Meredith (who played Little Voice and her love interest, Billy) have got married.
They revisited their characters and recorded this self-filmed snippet from the show at their home during lockdown.
In our second clip Rebecca recreates a selection LV's singing impressions from the show.
"Strong performances deliver a fine balance of comedy and tragedy"
The Stage ★★★★
- The Rise and Fall of Little Voice was written by the much-loved Northern playwright, Jim Cartwright, who also wrote TWO (which played at DerbyTheatre during spring 2017).
- In 1998, the play was adapted into the smash-hit film, Little Voice, written and directed by Mark Herman and starring Jane Horrocks (who originally played the role of LV in the West End stage production).
- Rebecca Brierley played the role of Little Voice - a role which requires not only great acting, but an actor who can perfectly impersonate the singing voices of Shirley Bassey, Marily Monroe, Judy Garland and Dusty Springfield.
Photography © Robert Day
- Tracy Brabin played the role of Mari, Little Voice's mother, in the production at Derby. Tracy is an actor and Labour Co-operative politician, who has been an MP for Batley and Spen since October 2016, following a by-election. Tracy was appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport by Jeremy Corbyn in January 2020.
- The promotional trailer for Little Voice was filmed with Rebecca and around 20 people from the community in the function room at the back of the Travellers Rest pub in Derby - everyone who appeared in the trailer kindly donated their time - all in exchange for a free drink from the bar.
Starring Tracy Brabin, Rebecca Brierley, Sue Vincent, Kevin McGowan, Ged McKenna and Tom Meredith Fri 31 October - Sat...
About the Play
Shy northern lass, Little Voice, spends her time hidden away engrossed in her late father's record collection and trying to avoid her loud blousy mother, Mari.
In her attic bedroom she's hiding an astonishing talent for pitch-perfect impersonations of great divas like Marylin Monroe, Judy Garland and Shirley Bassey.
When Mari's latest fancy-man, talent scout Ray Say, overhears Little Voice's extraordinary singing, he's determined to make her a star. But can Little Voice overcome her stage-fright and face the bright lights of the local working men's club, let alone the West End?
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is an Olivier award-winning comedy, which mixes northern grit with Hollywood glamour. This heart-warming production is packed with brilliant comic characters and knock-out songs.
Behind The Scenes
Set Design by Dawn Allsopp
"A brave ground-breaking version which suceeds on all fronts"
British Theatre Guide