Pods’ take on tragi-com­edy at the Key

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Com­ing soon to the Key The­atre is Peter­bor­ough’s award­win­ning Mu­si­cal The­atre com­pany, PODS, with their pro­duc­tion of Ji m Cartwright’s mu­si­cal play, ‘The Rise and Fall of Lit­tle Voice’.

‘Lit­tle Voice’ is si­lenced by her loud, drunken mother. She finds her voice mim­ick­ingthe­di­va­sofher­late­fa­ther’s record col­lec­tion­fea­tur­ing singing greats such as Shirley Bassey and Judy Gar­land.

Her mother’s new boyfriend, ta­lent scout Ray Say, sees Lit­tle Voice as his op­por­tu­nity to hit the big time, but with ter­ri­ble con­se­quences.

See ‘The Rise and Fall of Lit­tle Voice’ at the Key The­atre Stu­dio, Septem­ber 6-10, at 7.45pm (plus 2.30pm Satur­day mati­nee.) All tick­ets cost only £10, from the box of­fice on 01733 207239 or at www. vi­vac­ity-peter­bor­ough.com’. Theatre­go­ers will have the chance to spend an evening with for­mer New Ro­man­tic and TV soap heart­throb Martin Kemp.

The Span­dau Bal­let star is bring­ing his two-hour one­man show to Stam­ford’s Corn Ex­change The­atre on Oc­to­ber 21 and it in­cludes footage of his days with the chart-top­ping bandinthe1980s and­his time in EastEnders.

The 54-year-old Lon­doner was a child ac­tor, but rose to promi­nence in 1979 whenhe formed Span­dau Bal­let, play­ing bass gui­tar. The group went on to tour the world and had a num­ber of Top 20 hits in the 80s. The sin­gle ‘True’ made the Amer­i­can Top 10.

By the late 80s Martin had mar­ried Shirlie, one of the back­ing singers from Wham, and had started a fam­ily.

He starred along­side his brother Gary in the film ‘The Krays’ which was a huge suc­cess, prompting­amove­toHol­ly­wood­where­he­made­sev­eral films in­clud­ing: Sugar Town op­po­site Rosanna Ar­quette, Monk Daw­son, Vam­pires Em­brace and Sailor’s Tat­too be­fore re­turn­ing to Bri­tain.

In 1998 he was of­fered the role of SteveOwenintheBBC’s Bafta Award win­ning drama se­ries EastEnders, a role he played for four years. Dur­ing that time Martin won nu­mer­ous awards in­clud­ing Best Male Ac­tor at the Na­tional TV Awards in 2001.

Martin’s first two- hour drama for ITV, Daddy’s Girl was screened in Septem­ber 2002 to great ac­claim, and he fol­lowed that with lead­ing roles in anum­berofTVseries.

His­book‘True– AnAu­to­bi­og­ra­phy of Martin Kemp’ was pub­lished in 2000 and spent sev­eral months in the Sun­day Times best sell­ers list.

In 2009 the band con­firmed the ru­mours that they were re­unit­ing and be­gan a world tour that Oc­to­ber.

The group re­leased a new al­bum, OnceMore, which­fea­tured re­worked ver­sions of pre­vi­ous songs plus two new songs, in­clud­ing the sin­gle of the same name. The al­bum reached the UK Top 10.

The band came to­gether again in 2014 to pro­mote a doc­u­men­tary about themselves and 1980s cul­ture more broadly, Soul Boys of the Western World, which pre­miered at the Royal Al­bert Hall. It was di­rected by long­time Julien Tem­plepro­ducer, George Hencken.

The­ban­dem­barke­do­nan­other world tour in 2015.

You can see An Au­di­ence with Martin Kemp on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 21, at the Stam­ford Corn Ex­change. Tick­ets are now on sale from the the­atre box of­fice on 01780 766455 or on­line at www.Seet­ick­ets. com.

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