Theatre Review: Paper Hearts @ Upstairs at the Gatehouse
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Paper Hearts is a sweet and fun loving piece of theatre that explores the way words reflect on the life an author. Paper Hearts tells the story of Atticus, a writer struggling his way through the creation of his first novel. Along the way, he deals with a girlfriend whom he no longer connects with, a stranger who he might be connecting too much with and an absent father whose approval is something he desperately wants to have. It shows how these moments in his life – what used to be important and what is now – inform the book he is writing. His characters take the forms of people in his life (a benefit of the small cast number) and what these two must go through romantically is linked explicitly to how he views his own real life romantic endeavours. Atticus is generally a likeable character. If anyone has ever tried to write a book, he is unbelievably relatable. The struggle to get through the story, the attachment to his characters, the worry of where it will even be good enough – all something that you will have experienced one way or another.
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