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Belfast MAC to premiere The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Aged 13¾)

A new stage adaptation of Sue Townsend’s best-selling novel, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Aged 13 ¾), will premiere at the MAC, Belfast next month.

The classic 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.

The tour will also include the Island Arts Centre, Lisburn; the Market Place Theatre, Armagh; and the Playhouse Theatre in Derry - as well as a number of venues in the Republic of Ireland.

The production captures lovable character Adrian Mole's secret diary and charts the highs and lows of being a teenager during the Thatcher period including dealing with dysfunctional parents, the school bully and teenage crushes.

Made up of an entirely local cast, Belfast actor Adam Dougal will take on the role as the infamous Adrian Mole and Colette Lennon, also from Belfast, portraying Adrian’s love interest Pandora.

Adam and Colette will be celebrating the successful run of the production by getting married a week after the tour ends.

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Adam Dougal as Adrian Mole (Photo by Aaron McCracken)

Simon Magill, Creative Director at the MAC, said: “Following the success of The Importance of Being Earnest earlier this year, we are delighted to host another vibrant production by Bruiser Theatre Company and to be the first stop on its tour.

"With an infectious musical score arranged by Musical Director Matthew Reeve, this hilarious adaptation by Bruiser in their signature style will bring Adrian’s story to life once more.”

Lisa May, Director at Bruiser Theatre Company, said: “As our 20th anniversary production, we’ll be giving Adrian the typical Bruiser treatment.

"We will be bringing our fast paced, and physical style to The MAC and beyond, throwing in an extra helping of 80s nostalgia on the way.

"Sue Townsend’s story perfectly encapsulates adolescent life in the 1980’s, encompassing all its ups and downs, with hilarious situations and issues that teens today will absolutely relate to."

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