Little Voice is the story of a young girl with a big voice. This small production, with an outstanding cast of 6, works perfectly in the intimate setting of the Union Theatre. Although a small production in a small venue, it did not feel this way once the cast took to the stage! The whole cast were brilliant, each bringing their own to the characters they are portraying.
The role of Little Voice was played beautifully by Carly Thoms (Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Sound Of Music, Whistle Down The Wind). Thoms delivered the role perfectly, beginning with a shy, timid young girl and gaining confidence throughout the show, plucking up the courage, by the end, to stand up to her mother, Mari, played by Charlotte Gorton (Memphis, Viva Forever, Mamma Mia). Thoms has a fantastic voice and her performance impersonating the stars was mesmerising. The dramatic change in LV’s character was played out impeccably, showing real talent and acting ability.
Ken Christiansen (Closer To Heaven, Pacific Overtures, An Inspector Calls) took on the role of budding agent Ray Say. Christiansen’s strong performance was spot on for this determined, vindictive man, who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the prize, no matter who he hurts along the way.
The rest of the company are made up of Mandy Dassa (Doctors, AmStarDam, La Traviata) as Mari’s loyal best friend Sadie, Glenn Adamson (The Gingerbread Man, Departure Loungue The Musical, Songs For A New World) as lovestruck Billy who sets his sights on Little Voice and James Peake (She Stoops To Conquer, Fitzrovia, A Midsummer Nights Dream) as Mr Boo.
Each member of the cast gave an amazing performance and deserved their place in the limelight, the stand out of the evening, however, had to be Charlotte Gorton, who absolutely shone from start to finish. Gorton took you on an emotional rollercoaster of laughter and tears, bringing an incredible energy to the role, with a brilliant fierceness and excellent comic timing. She drew you into the character, leaving you shocked at her behaviour towards her own daughter (and her loyal best friend) and then, during the second act, as Gorton’s character is stripped back, you begin to see the heartbroken, vulnerable woman underneath and feel yourself reaching out to her as she crumbled in front of your eyes. She was absolutely flawless and certainly one to look out for in the future!
Catch this incredible show now, before its too late http://www.uniontheatre.biz/ or call 020 7261 9876. Playing until 26th June 2016