Preview: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 – The MAC
September 15, 2017 Chris Caldwell 0 Comments
We’re kind of in awe of BRUISER Theatre Company’s track record at this point, as every show they’ve put on have been a smash. SO to add to the pedigree of Cabaret, The Importance Of Being Earnest, The Nose and 39 Steps, to name a few, they’re now going for Adrian Mole. We have all the confidence in the world that this wil be a hit too, but read all about it anyway 🙂
Teenagers of the eighties will all remember this secret diary of a loveable loser who can’t catch a break. Hilariously captured in his notebook, adolescence doesn’t offer much for our Adrian. His parents’ crumbling marriage, spots and bullies, his unrequited love for Pandora, and the erratic behaviour of his dog – his teenage world is an outrageous triumph of deadpan and deadly accurate satire.
A cult classic, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ will be brought to life on the Belfast stage and beyond by the boisterous Bruiser Theatre Company. Celebrating their 20th Anniversary in 2017, Bruiser have been delighting audiences across the country with their unique physical style for the past two decades. Bruiser first brought Adrian to Belfast in 2005, working closely with the author, the late Sue Townsend who served as the company’s patron. Now they’re back with a fresh faced and fun production to celebrate their twentieth year.
Artistic Director Lisa May said:
‘We’re delighted to be bringing Adrian back as our 20th anniversary production. The charming banter of this troubled 13 year old is as relevant today as it’s ever been, with the echoes of the Thatcher period still ringing in our ears. It’s a fitting tribute to Sue, who was always so generous with her time and support. It’s amazingly good fun to direct, and our talented local cast are churning out the 80s tunes throughout the show. If you read the book, you’ll love the play – and so will your kids!’
A cast of five local actors are working hard to create a nostalgic eighties treat, that’s as satirical as it is hilarious. The hormones and ardour of Adrian’s romance with Pandora is portrayed with alarming realism, as Adam Dougal (Adrian), and Colette Lennon (Pandora), are busily planning their wedding, which will take place a week after the show closes!
Over the last two decades, Bruiser have firmly established themselves as one of Northern Ireland’s leading touring companies, dedicated to bringing accessible and enjoyable theatre experiences to audiences all over Ireland. With The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, they’ll be on the road again, kicking off at The MAC, Belfast, before touring across the country to Armagh, Lisburn, Derry, Dublin, Ballina and Mullingar.