Paper Hearts: The Musical, Underbelly Med Quad, Review

Rating (out of 5)
Show info
Moon Rock Productions
Liam O’Rafferty (Writer & Producer), Tania Azevedo (Director), Daniel Jarvis (Musical Director), Anna Driftmier (Set Design & Costume), Lindsay McAllister (Choreographer)
Adam Small (Atticus), Ella Vise (Debs/Violin Ensemble), Gabriella Margulies (Lilly), Jessica Pardoe (Debbie/Cello Ensemble), Sinead Wall (Yanna/Alex), Joel Benedict (Father of the Bride/Guitar), Matthew Atkin (Norman/Isaak), Ben Boskovic (Russian Drunk/Percussion), David Mullen (Volga/Roger Smith), Alec White (Barman/Bass Ensemble)
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Liam O’Rafferty’s pop-folk original musical, Paper Hearts is stirring from the first click of the typewriter, inspiring love, longing and true emotional connection. Lyrically laden with literature references, a captivating score unfolds moving betwixt the two worlds Atticus finds himself struggling to juggle.

Found in a high street bookshop, Atticus (Adam Small) the talented but lethargic writer, lives through the times and strifes of the characters in his novel. He is forced to face his own realities when Lilly (Gabriella Margulies), an executive from an online bookstore, steps into his world. Within the pages of Atticus’ book “Angel Star” the complex story of Yanna (Sinaed Wall) and Issak (Matthew Atkin)begins to parallel his own life requiring him to finally take inspiration from his own experiences to conclude their tale.

Offsetting the beautiful complexities of the score, Lindsay McAllister’s simplistic choreography lifts the already stunning direction of Tania Azevedo. Lead by Small’s endearing portrayal of Atticus, and the hauntingly beautiful performance of Sinead Wall, the cast’s talents do not fault for a second under the weight of this exceptional piece.

Using every inch of their small stage space, musical director Daniel Jarvis commands a four piece band of actor musicians, who perform with inspiring accuracy throughout. The incorporation of Atticus’ typewriter as percussion adds extra depth to the aural delight that is O’Rafferty’s score. Scribed with such elegance and poignancy, this production breathes fresh air into the commonality of musical theatre love stories.

Times: 3-9, 11-21, 23-29 August, 6.40pm (7.55pm)
Tickets: £6 - £12