Following a sell-out run at Waterloo East Theatre and rave reviews at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, Liam O’Rafferty’s debut musical PAPER HEARTS transfers this spring to Highgate’s Upstairs at the Gatehouse, where it runs from 2 to 20 May 2017, before embarking on a tour to Germany in the summer. Full cast has now been announced.
Set in an independent high-street bookshop, this highly uplifting new British musical is about passion and finding your place in the world – a world amongst books. Bringing together the vision of writer, Liam O’Rafferty with award-winning artistic director and scenographer Anna Driftmier and the creative team of 2012 Scottish Daily Mail Drama Award winner The Picture House director Tania Azevedo and musical director Daniel Jarvis; PAPER HEARTS is an enchanting musical tour de force.
Plodding through life and working in a struggling bookshop seemed all that Atticus is cut out for. His novel has hit a brick wall, and everyone including his father believes he has no talent and no future. He is visited in his conscience by two characters from his novel, Yanna and Isaak, – they make an impassioned plea for him to finish the book and stand up for himself. Despite an instant dislike for each other, Lilly Sprocket – sent to take over the management – forces Atticus to face the reality he lives in and learn from the world he’s created in his novel.
Adam Small will be playing the role of Atticus, Gabriella Margulies will be appearing as Lilly, and Matthew Atkins and Sinead Wall will play Isaak and Yanna respectively.
They are joined by a company of actor-musicians including Alec White, Joel Benedict, Alasdair Baker, Ben Boskovic, Amy Gardyne, Sinéad Wall and Eleanor Toms. And the full creative team consists of writer/Composer Liam O’Rafferty, producer Denise Koch, director Tania Azevedo, musical director Daniel Jarvis, choreographer Lindsay McAllister, stage Manager Sophie Johnson, set & costume Designer Anna Driftmier, sound Design Philip Matejtschuk, and lighting Designer Clancy Flynn
Nearly four years in the making, PAPER HEARTS has been on an extraordinary journey since its conception. O’Rafferty has written a remarkable and relatable story and created characters that audiences can truly engage with.
With a thrilling score and very high-quality, scenic and lighting designs, staging and choreography, PAPER HEARTS is a shining example of classic musical theatre, and a fast-paced, light-hearted musical that looks into the hearts of two lonely people, who without each other, may never realise their dreams. Written with a lightness of touch intended to leave everyone on a high note.