The rise of the reality TV star singing sensation means that secret dreams of being in the spotlight are becoming easier to achieve. But what happens to the people whose inner divas are never seen on YouTube by the rest of the world?

Charlotte Jones’ The Diva In Me tells the story of Philippa (played by Philippa Stanton), who fell in love, got married and had a baby – all while harbouring an inner belief she was born to be a diva.

This one-woman show chronicles her “journey to divadom” from her childhood in Coventry to being deserted by her husband and the death of her best friend.

Stanton perfectly adopted the mannerisms of the female singers she imitated, moving effortlessly between songs from old school divas like Shirley Bassey and Édith Piaf to more recent arrivals to the music world such as Amy Winehouse and Susan Boyle.

But most of all, Philippa loved to channel Judy Garland and was guided by her idol through the difficult times.

The Diva In Me has been developed as part of the Brighton Festival Platform, an Arts Council- funded programme which gives established artists and performers an opportunity to develop new work and trial it on stage.

The script was sharp and funny and the staging was cleverly used.

This was a show that celebrated life, families and friendships.

But most importantly, the greatest divas of our time.

The standing ovation at the end was justly deserved.

If this is the play at its development stage, I can’t wait to see the final performance.