By Liam O'Rafferty
Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016
Upstairs at the Gatehouse 2017
Hamburg Tour 2017
OFFIE nominated for 'Best Director'
About the piece
Set in a high street bookshop, this uplifting musical follows assistant Atticus Smith, a talented but lazy writer who lives avidly through his novel’s characters until the arrival of the spirited and audacious Lilly.
Despite the instant dislike for each other, Lilly forces Atticus to face the reality he lives in and learn from the world he’s created in his novel.
Set in two parallel worlds, 1940s Russia and modern day, the contemporary pop-folk score guides you through a tale of love passion and betrayal among books.
"One of the most groundbreaking shows I have seen in a long time, pushing boundaries, Paper Hearts is exactly what the musical theatre world needs...
Clearly a directorial feat and Tania Azevedo has inspired the actors to play the space confidently, encouraging touching moments of vulnerability that sometimes go amiss in musicals."
West End Wilma
"Beautifully directed by Tania Azevedo. An outstanding, multi-faceted, moving and beautiful new musical"
Musical Theatre Review
"Stellar direction. Marvellous piece of new musical theatre"
London Theatre 1
"Lyrically laden with literature references...
Stunning direction of Tania Azevedo"
"An elegy to the printed word, the cast’s perfect execution of O’Rafferty’s concept certainly wins over this paper heart."
Ed Fringe Review
"Tania Azevedo’s direction is nothing short of spectacular"
"It’s touching, full of heart and soul, brimming with talent and a pleasure to watch."
Director | Tania Azevedo
Musical Director and Orchestrator | Dan Jarvis
Choreographer | Lindsay McAllister
Associate Choreographer| Nick Stuart
Set and Costume Design | Anna Driftmier
Stage Manager| Sophie Johnson
Lighting Design | Clancy Flynn
Sound Design | Joshua Robins
Producer | Moon Rock and Denise Koch
Atticus Smith - Adam Small
Lilly Sprocket - Gabriella Margulies
Norman/Isaak/Violin - Matthew Atkins
Yanna/Alex - Sinéad Wall
Roger/Volga - Alasdair Baker/ David Mullen
Ensemble/Bass - Alec White
Ensemble/Cello - Eleanor Toms/ Jessica Pardoe
Ensemble/Violin - Amy Gardyne/ Ella Vize
Ensemble/Percussion - Ben Boskovic
Ensemble/Guitar - Joel Benedict