Reading and Auditions for The Rise and Fall of Little Voice



By Jim Cartwright
Director: Viki Betts


Rehearsals start late May, 2023

The audition for the role of Little Voice (LV) only will be on Thursday, 12th January, 2023 at 7.30 p.m. Please read the detail about the audition for this role below.

The reading of the play and the casting of the remaining roles will be as follows:-

READING: Tuesday, 7 February at 7.30 p.m. at the theatre
AUDITION: Sunday, 12 February at 11.0 a.m. at the theatre

The reading and auditions will all be held at the theatre. We usually use our Stage Door entrance, but as this area currently resembles a building site, we are going to open the front of the theatre accessed via Victoria Colonnade. Please use this entrance only for both the reading and the auditions.


It is not hard to see why ‘The Rise and Fall of Little Voice’ has been referred to as a ‘northern fairytale’. A classic tale of an individual who transforms despite the realities and expectations of their community. Jim Cartwright mixes the ‘real’ with the extraordinary and the title character in this play is just that. The play is funny, brutal, uplifting and sad – both challenging and fun to perform.

Little Voice (LV) is a shy, reclusive young woman. She is quiet as a mouse…..but when no one is looking she has an amazing talent for impersonating the great iconic divas she listens to on the records left to her by her late father.

When her drunk, self-centred, bully of a mother Mari starts a new relationship with talent manager Ray Say, LV’s talent is discovered and Ray believes he has found his golden ticket.

Manipulated by Ray to perform at Mr Boo’s club, LV steps out beyond her house and her records. That’s when the battle starts between the family.


LV – late teens – early 20’s
Quiet, shy, mousy girl. Innocent and socially awkward.
Can impersonate and sing like iconic singers – Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Bassey, Edith Piaf, Cilla Black…. She becomes these people when she performs. A challenging role of two halves.

Mari – 40’s
Mother of LV.
Mari is overpowering and demanding. Brash, vulgar, overbearing, a bully.
She is high energy from start to finish! Always loud, always a dominating presence. Will need stamina!

Ray Say – 40’s
Talent Manager, mostly managing strippers but see his way to the top with LV
Bit sleezy, charming and appears flash but is aging and generally unsuccessful
Dating Mari although probably more for the sex than relationship

Billy – late teens/early 20’s
A telephone repair man.
He falls for LV and is the person she can talk to. He comes to her window to see her at night.
He is also a bit shy and awkward. He loves lighting and lighting design.

Mr Boo
Club owner
Runs club frequented by Ray who brings in talent
He signs LV to perform, only interested in the money she’d bring into the club

A neighbour who is a friend of Mari’s. She is loyal friend despite the insults that Mari throws at her. She is warm and sympathetic to LV. Has very few lines but is often there so will be an interesting challenge.

Ages are guidelines only.

Auditions will take place in the Loft studio with auditionees being asked to read and perform together selected extracts from the play. Time will be given to auditionees to prepare on the day.

Audition for the role of LV

Auditionees will be asked to read sections of the play as well as a singing audition.

Auditionees need to prepare a piece by one of the artists listed below, or an artist of similar style. It is important that the audition be of an impersonation of the artist both in vocal and performance. If you have a backing track then please bring it along. We can play via CD player or via phone connected to Bluetooth speaker. There will not be a pianist at the audition.

Suggested artists
Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Bassey, Edith Piaf, Cilla Black

To register interest, or if you are interested but can’t make the dates… or for any more information, please get in touch with the Director, Viki Betts at or the Artistic Director, Sue Moore at

The Loft’s casting policy is centred on casting the very best actors for each role. Casting will always be open and neutral. Everyone is welcome and warmly encouraged to attend auditions.  If specific race/ethnicity or other characteristics are central to the story, we will make this clear in audition notices. There is no pre-casting without the express permission of the Artistic Director.

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