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Forget the film - this show is worth seeing; REVIEW.

Byline: Arryn Buggins

THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE by Jim Cartwright, Priory Theatre Kenilworth, until September 14, running time 2hr 20min.

IF you have seen the film which was based on the play then it is hard to detach that from your mind while enjoying this charming production.

But Lorna Roden certainly pulls off the title role of the play - Little Voice or LV - with her singing.

And it is her on-stage mother Pam Collett, as Mari Hoff, who steals the show with a great performance wallowing in the best lines.

But all of the cast turn in a fine show in the story of a mum and daughter who live together.

The vulgar mother swears like a trooper and the merry widow is certainly looking for company.

The reclusive daughter sits in her room playing records given by her late father - and singing the odd line herself.

Mari's latest catch reckons he is on to a winner if he can get the young woman who can sing, but barely speak, on to the stage. But of course it is not that simple.

She is also being sought by the equally shy Billy, who is the one person who can squeeze the odd word out of her.

The storyline does seem to wander about and you are left wondering about the relevance of certain scenes, but the singing and humour alone make this one to see.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 5, 2002
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