A little voice and a lot of heart

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A little lass with a big voice arrives in Glasgow this week — with plenty of classic songs and giggle-aloud lines.

It is, of course, Olivier award-winning show The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, the heart-warming tale of a shy Northern English girl suddenly (and unwittingly) set on the path to stardom.

Little Voice spends her days immersed in her late father’s record collection — much to the dismay of fun-loving mum Mari.

But when down on his luck talent scout (and Mari’s latest squeeze) Ray Say hears our heroine belting out classics from the great divas of the music world (Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Bassey, Judy Garland...to name a few), he sets out to put on the show of a lifetime — albeit in the less than glamorous surrdoundings of a local working man’s club.

Rumour has it that there’s a agent from London heading north, so everything is counting on this one performance — but is it what the shy, retiring Little Voice wants?

Coronation Street star Beverley Callard (that’s Liz McDonald to fans) takes on the role of Mari alongside X Factor finalist Ray Quinn as Billy, and impressionist, actress and singer Jess Robinson as Little Voice — a reprisal of a role she first tackled at London’s Courtyard Theatre.

Expect classic tunes, scathing northern wit and — it’s safe to assume — a fair tug at the heartstrings too.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice runs June 3-8 at the Theatre Royal — 7.30pm show plus 2.30pm Thurs and Sat mats. Tickets £10-£27 from www.atgtickets.com.