Delightfully delicate production has a different slant from the film
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice
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Princess Theatre, Torquay.
THE joy of Jim Cartwright writing and directing this production is that you get a double emphasis on some lovely moments that just leave you smiling.
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For a production which is perhaps best known for the big solo numbers, I was surprised to find it is the subtle nature of Little Voice which makes it such a delight.
For those expecting a re-run of the movie you will find a different slant, but certainly won't be disappointed.
Jess Robinson as Little Voice, LV, is the shy retiring type, almost certainly on the autistic spectrum when dealing with social situations.
Phone calls, door bells and even eye contact all horrify the pyjamas-wearing mouse who is lost inside herself after the death of her dad.
But when she plays her beloved records, boy, that world just lights up.
Her shy and retiring personality is juxtaposed by mum Mari, (Beverley Callard), who is everything her daughter is not.
When talent scout Ray Say (Simon Throp) arrives on the scene and hears LV, she is taken from the confines of her room and out on to the stage.
Jess Robinson is second to none in this role.
Her nervousness and room-based singing is just as enchanting as the main set pieces, perhaps more so.
You could have heard a pin drop.
Beverley Callard is brilliant as Mari, her sloshed rambling almost a monologue in the first act.
Ray Quinn as LV's shy admirer Billy was fully competent. However, his talents were hidden in this type of roll.
If the casting ensures that more people see this delightfully delicate production — so much the better.
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice runs at the Princess Theatre until March 2.