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Fairytaleheart is a play written by Philip Ridley and directed by Richard Croxford.

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Fairytaleheart Fairytaleheart is a play written by Philip Ridley and directed by Richard Croxford. It is produced by Replay Productions. Replay Productions is one of the fastest growing theatre companies in Northern Ireland. It aims to produce plays which have relevance to the issues faced by young people in Northern Ireland today. Fairytaleheart is one of those plays. Fairytaleheart is set in an abandoned community centre on a dark night. It stars two up and coming young actors Bernadette Brown (Kirsty) and Kevin Breen (Gideon). These two young characters are both facing problems at home and seek out the community centre as a refuge. It is the night of Kirsty's 15th birthday party and her father is about to announce his engagement to his new girlfriend. However Kirsty's mother died 2 years ago and she is resentful of this new happiness in her father's life. She feels his new girlfriend is taking him away from her. Kirsty seeks the community centre as a refuge as her mother used to work here. ...read more.

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Bernadette Brown plays the character of Kirsty excellently in Fairytaleheart. She gets inside the characters emotions brilliantly and you feel yourself drawn into the story whilst watching her. Her facial expressions capture the moment of the play. Bernadette Brown's portrayal of Kirsty is believable and realistic and she is a very skilled actress. Kirsty is a character of many dimensions and she is very emotional. Brown shows this to us in her actions and body language. Look out for Bernadette Brown; I am sure that we will see a lot of her in the future! Another rising young talent in this play is Kevin Breen who plays the character Gideon. Kevin Breen is a truly great actor who brings his own twist and originality to Gideon. He is very humorous in his portrayal and delivers some of the funniest lines in the play with great skill and enthusiasm. Gideon also has a quiet caring side to him and Kevin gets this side of him completely right using his excellent acting skills. ...read more.

Conclusion

The lighting was dramatic in all the right places. Several candles were used in the play and these set the mood very well. Sound effects were used very little, once or twice to show dimming of the torches. The set was amazing. It was imaginative and exciting. It was astounding what you can do with materials that most people would throw out and on stage we experienced the fantasy world you could create. I enjoyed this play very much. It was humorous, dramatic, well directed, well written and well acted. There were many issues raised in this play. Issues such as friendships, family relationships and peoples fears and feelings. It made me realize that there is light at the end of the tunnel if something is going wrong. You just have to look at things from a different perspective. If I were directing this play I would have used more sound effects to create the mood. Other than that this play was fantastic and a production well worth seeing. I would give it a very high recommendation for anyone to see it, all ages. I can guarantee you will come away from it realizing your problems are much smaller by comparison. ...read more.

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