ADC Theatre
Tue 28 January - Sat 1 February

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

Jim Cartwright

Content warning [May contain spoilers]

'In fact, this is my soul leaking over the floor here, soot itself. I'm going to scoop handfuls up and spread it over you. Your head, you see, was the match head to this.'

In a neglected Northern town, desperately missing her dead father, Little Voice spends her time locked in her bedroom, listening to his old record collection.
Meanwhile, downstairs, her mother Mari is on the rampage-she’s after booze, a man, a greasy breakfast, and a working phoneline.
Away from the chaos, Little Voice learns to perfect astonishing impersonations of famous divas including Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland.

When Mari starts dating small-time club agent Ray Say, she thinks he's her last chance for a better life. When Ray Say hears Little Voice sing, he thinks she's his ticket to the big time. Little Voice just wants a normal life and to be loved. Not everyone is going to get what they want.

Funny, brutal, beautiful and sad, Jim Cartwright’s timeless and ultimately uplifting tale is a comic tragedy about finding your voice in a noisy world.


Tue 28 January at 7:45pm
Wed 29 January at 7:45pm
Thu 30 January at 7:45pm
Fri 31 January at 7:45pm
Sat 1 February at 7:45pm


ADC Theatre


TUE £9–£11, WED/THU £10–£14, FRI/SAT £11–£15

Scenes of a Violent Nature
Drug and Alcohol Misuse
Family Conflict
Strong Language

The ADC Theatre is Britain's oldest University playhouse, today administered and maintained by the University of Cambridge. Plays have been presented on the site since 1855, when the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club (CUADC) was founded, and the society met and performed in the back room of the Hoop Inn, which stood almost exactly where the ADC Theatre stands today.  Today, the ADC Theatre is the centre of University drama in Cambridge, run almost entirely by students with no Faculty involvement. 


When you arrive at the ADC Theatre, there are power assisted doors to the Box Office. In the foyer there is a lift which leads up to the bar and auditorium. The accessible toilet is located on the ground floor across the foyer. 

The ADC Theatre is conveniently located near the Park Street Car Park, which has 7 disabled parking bays.

If you are booking a wheelchair seat in the ADC auditorium for the first time, please call the Box Office on 01223 300085 or email We will then alter the permissions of your ADC account so that you can access the wheelchair seats on our website when you book in the future. 

Complimentary tickets are available for full-time carers.

The ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom is fitted with an infra-red audio system designed to help deaf and hard of hearing patrons. If you are using the system for the first time, please arrive early and seek advice from our Front of House team.

Assistance dogs are welcome in both of our venues. Please call the Box Office or email the above address when booking to ensure you are seated appropriately.


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28 January 7:45pm 7:45pm Buy tickets
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31 January 7:45pm 7:45pm Buy tickets
1 February 7:45pm 7:45pm Buy tickets