Written & Directed by John Sheehy
Performed by Ciaran Bermingham and Cora Fenton
“Whirling Comedy” – The Irish Times ****
Produced by Callback theatre after a sell out run in Bewleys Café Theatre.
Fred and Alice are perfect; they are what the other lacks. Fred’s creative passion for music is matched with Alice’s formulaic flare for numbers. Fred views the world with a spotlight, Alice with a floodlight. Fred’s Chuck Taylor’s are Alice’s Doc Marten’s. Fred burns down the kitchen, Alice drowns her cat. Fred and Alice are two kindred souls with a beautiful innocence and enthusiasm for life. With the support of one another, we see the characters rise above the stigmas of mental disability and emerge from the pitfalls of despair, hand in hand and headlining Wembley. Ciaran Bermingham is adorable as Fred, a heart wrenching bundle of tenderness with heaps of heart while Alice is played enchantingly with the semblance of a revolving fairy by Cora Fenton. The eloquence and fluency of both actors is remarkable as they compete with an array of tongue twisters and teasers enjoyed so fervently by the extraordinary minds of Fred and Alice.
In keeping with the tradition of Sheehy’s bountiful script and agile direction, Tim Feehily’s lightening design does not surrender to the limitations of space and time but cleverly plays with intensity and composition to mirror the action of the plot superbly.
A charming and uplifting dash of theatre to banish those mid-week blues and brighten your afternoons, ‘Fred and Alice’ is a celebration of life void of categorisation and classification that reminds us, home is where our heart is.- playstosee.com
“Fred and Alice make wonderful company for each other and for us” – Irish Theatre Magazine
“Lively, imaginative and life affirming” – Irish Theatre Magazine
“Fred and Alice is not to be missed! Ciaran and Cora put on riveting performances as two people with OCDs….written superbly…… I will remember some of the scenes for a long time. It was a packed house and everyone applauded long and hard” – tripadvisor