Playwright Jim Cartwright has one aim with the revival of The Fall and Rise of Little Voice – to give the audience a “reet good night out”.
As he is also directing, he best placed to ensure this happens and the audience in Guildford – where the tour started – have been lapping it up.
To this end he has opened the play in Mr Boo’s and made it a working man’s club. Comedian Duggie Brown, a veteran of such venues, plays the eponymous owner so knows exactly how to pitch it.
“We also have a raffle, Duggie doing his bit, a chance to play bingo in the interval and experience a play,” said Jim. “This is my homage to the working man’s club. It was a bit of a gmable to do it this way but it seems to have paid off.
The play was written for Lancashire actress Jane Horrocks but, said Jim, Jess Robinson who plays LV in the latest version is a real discovery.
Beverley Callard, best known as landlady Liz MacDonald in Coronation Street, is he said a revelation in the role of LV’s mum Mari Hoff.
Making up the cast is Joe McGann as Ray Say and Ray Quinn as Billy.
Little Voice opens at the Futurist, Scarborough, on Monday and runs until Saturday September 15. Performances daily at 7.30pm with 2pm matinees on Wednesday and Saturday.