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Watch: Behind the scenes of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Aged 13¾) at the MAC

The cast of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Aged 13¾) are well into rehearsals for a new stage adaptation of the classic novel, which will premiere at the MAC in Belfast later this month.

The well-known comedy - which chronicles the life of Adrian Mole and his adolescent years in the 1980’s - will be brought to life by Belfast-based company Bruiser Theatre.

The 20th anniversary production will run at the MAC from September 22 - October 7.

Lisa May, Artistic Director at Bruiser Theatre Company, said: "We chose to do Adrian Mole as our 20th anniversary production because I thought it would be a great opportunity to celebrate the genius of Sue Townsend.

"Adrian Mole is kind of our fly on the wall because he catalogues everything about his personal life. He is a complete worrier, everything is going wrong for him. He's bullied at school, he worries about his spots, and about the girl he has fallen in love with, Pandora.

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Adam Dougal as Adrian Mole (Photo by Aaron McCracken)

"So all of this is catalogued in his diary."

The title role will be played by Belfast actor Adam Dougal, with fellow local star Colette Lennon portraying Adrian’s love interest Pandora.

"Audiences will love it because it's a great comedy and the music is incredible," said Adam. "But it's also got a lot of heart and soul - and I think people will really care about the characters.

"If I was to describe the show in a couple of words it would be fun and nostalgic."

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