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Mother and daughter duo cast in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at Park Theatre

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Mother and daughter duo Rafaella Hutchinson and Sally George are to be the first ever family pairing to star as the reclusive Little Voice and meddling mother Mari in Jim Cartwright’s The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, which runs at Park Theatre from August 21 (previews from August 16) to September 15, 2018.

Tom Latter, with Associate Director Anita Dobson, directs a cast that also features Linford Johnson, Kevin McMonagle, Jamie-Rose Monk and Shaun Prendergast.

A timid and brilliant young woman, Little Voice has a hidden talent – she can sing like the greatest divas of the 20th Century. Living a lonely life in a northern town, all she wants is to feel safe in her room with her records. No chance with mother Mari on the rampage – she’s after booze, a man, a greasy breakfast, and a working phoneline.

When local impresario Ray Say forces Little Voice into the spotlight, her transformation astounds everyone. Then the battle between mother and daughter truly erupts.

Funny, brutal, beautiful and sad, Jim Cartwright’s timeless and ultimately uplifting tale is a comic tragedy about finding your voice in a noisy world.

Jim Cartwright’s plays are consistently performed around the world, where they have won numerous awards, and been translated into 30 languages. Written by Cartwright in 1992, The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice was first performed at the National Theatre, and The Aldwych Theatre in the West End later that same year. The production was nominated for six Olivier Awards, was winner of The Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy of the Year in 1992 and the Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 1993. It opened on Broadway in 1995 and was adapted into the film Little Voice in 1998.

Sally George (Mari Hoff) trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her theatre work includes: People Places and Things (National Theatre, Wyndham’s Theatre), Positive (Park Theatre), Richard III (Riverside Studios), Storm in a Flower Vase (Arts Theatre), Lady Moseley’s Suite (Trafalgar Studios), Oedipus (The Almeida) and Oedipus, Temptation, The New Inn, Titus Andronicus, Penny for A Song, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Voices from Prison and The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company).

George’s screen credits include the BAFTA-winning The Buddha of Suburbia, Persuasion, Heartbeat, Dalziel and Pascoe and EastEnders (TV); Love Somehow, a one-woman film about Caitlin Thomas for which she won three best actress awards (IIFC, WIMF and Film Fest), and Measure for Measure (film).

Rafaella Hutchinson (Laura Hoff/Little Voice) trained at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance and her theatre work includes The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal Shakespeare Company). Her television credits include the role of series regular Olivia in Wild at Heart, Cider with Rosie, Life on Mars, New Tricks, Heartbeat and Doctors. Hutchinson also works as a singer-songwriter, currently working with Swann and The Worries.

Linford Johnson’s (Billy) theatre credits include: The Tempest and Macbeth (Iris Theatre), Pinocchio (National Theatre), Show Boat (Sheffield Crucible, New London Theatre), War Horse (UK, Ireland, South Africa Tour), Hair (Hope Mill Theatre), Alice’s Adventures Underground (Waterloo Vaults), Territory (The Lowry Theatre) and The Meeting (Pleasance Theatre Islington/Edinburgh).

Kevin McMonagle’s (Ray Say) theatre work includes: Black Snow, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Uri, Further Than The Furthest Thing and People Places and Things (National Theatre), Richard III, The Tempest, Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company), Kin, Ladybird, Thyestes and Ambulance (Royal Court) and The Family Reunion (Donmar Warehouse). He has also appeared on TV in New Tricks, Inspector Morse, Rebus, Bramwell, Rose and Maloney and Blue Murder.

Jamie-Rose Monk (Sadie) trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Her most recent credits include the BAFTA award-winning comedy series Class Dismissed for CBBC, Holby City, Sketchtopia for Radio 4 and Yap Yap Yap at the Royal Festival Hall as part of WOW Festival. Monk also writes and performs comedy as part of her sketch group “Buttery Brown Monk”.

Shaun Prendergast’s (Mr Boo/Phone Man) recent credits include: Cinderella (Theatre Royal Windsor), Dark Angel (ITV), James in Geordie the Musical (Customs House), EastEnders (BBC), Oh What a Lovely War (Stratford East), Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night (Riverside Studios) and A Going Concern (Hampstead Theatre). Prendergast is also a writer for stage, screen and radio whose work has been translated into six languages. He’s the recipient of a Sony Award, a Time Out Award, five NSDF awards and a Writer’s Guild Award.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is suitable for ages 12+.

Tickets: Previews £18.50, Standard £18.50 – £32.50, Concessions £16.50 – £23.50, Child (Under 16) £15 – £20. To book, call the box office on 020 7870 6876 (10% telephone booking fee, capped at £2.50 per ticket) or visit www.parktheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Monday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3pm.

Running Time: Approximately 2 hours 10 minutes including interval.

Captioned performance: Wednesday, September 5 at 7.30pm.

Also at Park Theatre: the UK revival of Beirut by American playwright and author Alan Bowne (until July 7) and Alkaline, a play about faith, friendship and fear (July 10 to August 4, 2018).