Emma Clarendon chatted to Akshay about starring in the new UK tour of Jim Cartwright’s The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.

(c)Pamela Raith Photography

Hi Akshay, for those who don’t know what is The Rise and Fall of Little Voice about? Hiya… I’d say the play is about love, grief, loneliness and everything in between.

How does it feel to be part of this production? How do you feel it’s relevant for modern audiences? I always pinch myself when I’m doing an acting job, I feel so thankful to spend my time making theatre. And I feel like the play is more relevant now than ever in the context of the pandemic that has affected us all in different ways.

What was it that made you want to be part of this show? I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with such a fantastic director in Bronagh and so many brilliant experienced professionals and actors.

How have rehearsals been so far? Rehearsals have been lovely so far; working on a play hardly feels like work for me, the energy everybody in the company brings is infectious and we bring out the best in each other.

Do you have a favourite part of the show? I really love when Little Voice is performing in the working man’s club, I hope the audience can feel the music in the piece and the raw talent within her as she sings.

What can those seeing it for the first time expect? People seeing this production for the first time can expect a great night out full of thrills, spills, tears and hopefully laughter.

By Emma Clarendon

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice opens 23rd March at MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton before touring nationally until 16th July. To find out more about the tour visit: littlevoiceuk.com.


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