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The Ballad of the Unbeatable Hearts (Richard Fry)
  • Presented in association with Richard Fry
  • Written & Performed by Richard Fry
  • PLAYED Edinburgh 2010 & Adelaide 2012

The third in Richard Fry's Verse Triology. A moving, superbly lyrical 'pay-it-forward' monologue shows how a group of disaffected people can make a big difference when they motivate each other to do so.

There are many damaged souls in this world. Souls so damaged that they can be brainwashed to blow people up. What if somebody nurtured them and encouraged them to go out and do good in society? One man did. He founded The Unbeatable Hearts. Come and find out how a group of young people changed the course of the world forever.
Richard Fry's third Verse Monologue of his trilogy addresses the central theme of Young Gay Suicide and attempting to reverse the trend. One lucky young man's narrow escape leads to the founding of pro-activist group to raise awareness and engender hope in vulnerable lost young adults. This extraordinary "pay it forward" story is so possible that it makes you wonder if there is such an organisation as The Unbeatable Hearts and if not, why not! Fry's account is so believable that one never doubts that the people of whom he speaks are really out there and that Fry knows them personally. It almost becomes a rallying call for volunteers and activists, but ultimately stops short, leaving that choice in our hands... along with a powerful feeling that something must be done.
This is a moving tale that touches everyone, not just the Gay community. It is vitally important stuff about a subject that is too often brushed under the carpet. But it is also great theatre. A brilliant performance where Fry holds us in the palm of his hands and gently squeezes the empathy from us. It is simply irresistible.


'This is a play with the power to speak to anyone. It's a tale of despair turned to delight; of torpor turned to purpose; of prejudice turned to tolerance. Fry has re-imagined It's A Wonderful Life for a new generation, and in the process built a work which proves both vital and entertaining.' (Fringe Guru - 07/08/11)

'Fry is magnificent at all times. The narration is captivating, perfectly pitched and beautifully delivered. His magnetism is palpable and enthralls the audience, who are at various points moved to tears. The Ballad of the Unbeatable Hearts is a stunning piece of theatre. Highly recommended.' (Hairline 14/08/11)

'Fuelled by inspired writing and a delicately balanced and nuanced performance, Fry inhabits his characters with an understated power that packs an emotional punch. Fry's work challenges us to think, to look into places we may not have contemplated before, and to revel in the potential resilience of the human spirit and its power to inspire. There are actors who have the ability to put their audience at ease the moment they take the stage; Fry has such an ability. There are no bells and whistles; just a warmth and emotive honesty that takes us on an emotionally charged journey through despair, bitter regret, redemption, and sharp, whip-smart humour.'
The Ballad of the Unbeatable Hearts is at once confronting, moving, heartbreakingly honest, and poignant; I was laughing one moment and moved to tears the next. Fry is not only a first rate raconteur but a performer of grace and clarity.' (Fringe Review 12/08/11)

'At times hilarious, at times heartbreaking... Fry receives a well-deserved standing ovation from a tearful audience, and, as I stepped out of that theatre into the dreary Scottish weather, I was inspired.' (Three Weeks 15/08/11)

'Optimistic and life-affirming... Fry slowly recounts the gripping story of a young suicide survivor's miraculous transformation into the leader of a movement for good around the world, revelling in both the inherent kindness and generosity of the human heart, and the transformational power of language. Celebrating potential is what Fry's heart-warming offering is all about. He enjoys the contradictions between his rough, laddish exterior and the fragile emotions he expertly conveys through his delivery, and the tears he sheds at the play's overwhelming conclusion are real... an exceptionally gifted performer.' (What's On Stage 22/08/11)