A tale of despair, love and hope written by English dramatist Jim Cartwright in 1992.

Olivier award winner for Best Comedy ‘The Rise and Fall of Little Voice’ tells the heartwarming story of a reclusive Northern girl-next-door whose remarkable ability to impersonate the great singers of old brings her into the spotlight. Pushed by a foul-mouthed, hard-drinking mother and her equally unappealing talent agent boyfriend, timid ‘Little Voice’ will need to conquer more than just stage-fright if she is to find her own voice in the world.

Named as one of the top 50 plays of all time and called  “A northern showbiz fairytale, a backstreet Cinderella story, with a built-in kick” by The Guardian. Directed by Award Winner Michael Strassen and featuring a full professional cast, Little Voice has something for everyone.

“Enchanting, uplifting, emotional and truthful, Jim Cartwright’s Olivier award-winning show is a comedic tragedy about finding your voice in a noisy world.”

“Like everything Cartwright writes, Little Voice is playful, magical and terrifying, a view of the world from an unexpected angle, perpetrated by an imagination that notices the dust in the grooves of old records and finds poetry in garish, swanky clothes or the glitterball of a rowdy northern club” Sunday Times

Praise for The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

“Brilliant, brash revival of Jim Cartwright’s play, that doesn’t diminish the darkness underneath” – The Stage ✭✭✭✭

“What looks set to be one of the best productions held in Gloucestershire this summer.” – The Local Answer ✭✭✭✭✭

“It’s not just LV who’s finding her voice. The Barn Theatre is beginning to sing, too.” – Cotswold Life 

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is a family friendly show with some minor adult themes and language.

Huge thanks to our show sponsors who support our artistic programming and educational work: Cerno Capital, BPE Solicitors and SJP.


Running time:

2hrs 30mins

Age guidance:


The Rise and Fall of Little Voice team