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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Susan Elkin reviews)

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice continues at the Park Theatre, London until 15 September 2018.

Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩

This is a very funny show. It’s also deeply tragic. And director Tom Latter has made a remarkably good job of linking those elements so that it rarely feels disparate.

Mari, played by Sally George, is a total failure. She is a disastrous mother to her only child (played in this production by her real-life daughter Rafaella Hutchinson). She has driven her husband to an early grave. She’s an alcoholic living in a filthy house tartily trying to attract a man.

George finds all the right brittleness and vulnerability in Mari even as she delivers Jim Cartright’s hilarious one-liners and put-downs in a rich northern accent. The character is utterly pitiful and George – teetering about on her heels, falling out of her scrappy dresses laughing, shouting, weeping and more – ensures that we feel every single ounce of her underlying, unacknowledged despair.

Hutchinson’s character, Little Voice …

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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