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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
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Little Voice Finds Her Voice at Kads
Jim Cartwright (born 1958) is an author, playwright and novelist perhaps best known for his Lawrence Olivier Award-winning 1992 play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, but many of his works have won awards, including the Samuel Beckett Award.

The film of Little Voice, which starred Sir Michael Caine, Brenda Bethyn and Jane Horrocks, scripted by Cartwright was nominated for nineteen awards alone. Jane Horrocks created the role of Little Voice on stage, directed by the great Sam Mendes.

Little Voice, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Kads, Terry Hackett, Madeline Shaw, Jim Cartwright
Madelaine Shaw is Little Voice at KaDS (Photograph courtesy of KaDS)


This play, coming to Kads theatre this November, is directed by veteran Terry Hackett, doyen of Community Theatre directors.

The plot is simple, deceptively simple. A mother (Mari), aging and desperate for a man and security has a withdrawn and introverted almost silent daughter, dubbed sarcastically by her mother 'Little Voice' or LV for short, is desperately longing for her dead father.

She spends her days alone with her father's LP records of the great singers of he 40s, 50s and 60s - Judy Garland, Edith Piaf, Shirley Bassey and Marlilyn Monroe. Gradually she finds a voice by singing along with the records, faithfully reproducing every note, modulation and timbre.

Mari's latest man friend is Ray Say, a low grade agent desperate for a 'find' to make his name and fortune. Mari, surely the worst stage mother since Mama Rose persuades LV to perform at a night club.

Little Voice, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Kads, Terry Hackett, Madeline Shaw, Jim Cartwright
Director Terry Hackett (Photograph courtesy of KaDS)


The play revolves around the conflicting desperate desires of the three main characters, not all of whom can, or will, get what they want.

Hackett has brought together a remarkable cast, featuring Madeleine Shaw as Little Voice, Sandra Sando as Mari, Keith Scrivens as Ray, Rose Weighell as Sadie, along with newcomers, Stephen Marr as Phone man/dad, Derek Russell as Mr Boo and Jack Williams as Billy.

This is a warm, engrossing comedy with dark undertones and wonderful characters, and should not be missed. Occasional coarse language.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice runs at 8:00pm from the 11th of November until the 3rd of December at Kalamunda Theatre, Barber Street, Kalamunda.

Tickets cost $20 for weekdays and $30 for Saturdays. (Saturday performances include a fish and chip supper). Tickets are available from the Lucky Charm Newsagency, Kalamunda Central - 9257 2668.

For advanced and discounted group bookings, please contact Terry Hackett on 9293 4746.

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Why? A showcase of extraordinary talents
When: 8:00pm
Phone: 9293 4746
Where: Kads Theatre, Barber Street, Kalmunda
Cost: Weeknights $20; Saturdays $30 (includes fish & chip supper)
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