Former Corrie star Bev Callard to tread the boards in new play

Bev Callard, who of course starred in Corrie as Liz McDonald, has landed a role in a new stage play entitled, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, which was written by Jim Cartwright.

Bev – who’s also formerly starred in Emmerdale Farm as Angie Richards, and had minor roles in Hinge & Bracket: Dear Ladies, Hells Bells, Will You Love Me Tomorrow and The Practice – told the Manchester Evening News that she’s looking forward to her new role.

However, she admitted that she’s missing her Coronation Street co-stars, but not the early starts that the show’s hectic filming schedule often demanded.

Of her twenty years at Corrie, she said, “It was hard-going sometimes. Especially when you’re filming a scene being beaten up, outside in the freezing cold at 2am.

“But it was a great role and I made good friends. I took the decision to leave though as I had to look after myself and get well…”

The reference to getting “well” was of course about her much publicized battle with depression.

However, of her new role as “man eater” Mari in the play, Bev said, “It’s a fantastic role, something to get my teeth into.

“I’m very fortunate. I wanted to go back to the stage again, and this play has a connection with people.”

Here’s the synopsis for the play which will be staged at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre from 19 November 2012 to 24 November 2012…

Quiet, private Little Voice sings as sweetly as the divas in her father’s record collection -Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey, Billie Holiday…

Little Voice can do them all. When her mother’s flash new man Ray Say hears her sing he can’t believe his luck thinking that he has finally found the meal ticket he has been looking for… but will Little Voice give in to his schemes?

A poignant and funny love story The Rise and Fall of Little Voice was a huge hit in the West End and on Broadway and as a movie achieved worldwide acclaim and a number of Oscar nominations.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.