Thursday, 19 March 2015

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 - The Musical

I went to see this at Leicester's Curve theatre earlier this week.

I've been a fan of Adrian Mole ever since I first read the books in my early teens (there were times during my adolescence that I thought I was Adrian Mole!!).

The late Sue Townsend, author of the Adrian Mole books, was involved in the musical, although sadly she didn't live to see it completed.

The musical largely follows the plot of the first book, with some dialogue taken directly from the book itself.

We see young Adrian cope with his parents separating, him meeting his first love Pandora - and losing her to his best friend Nigel - and his parents eventually re-uniting.

Along the way are the musical numbers, with some poignant songs that moved the plot along, to some gloriously over-the-top full cast numbers with tongue firmly in cheek.

Refreshingly for a play set in the recent past (1981 in this case), the script resists getting easy laughs by making "knowing" comments about future events, keeping things firmly grounded in the time frame.

Anyway, it was a fantastic evening - highly recommended.

1 comment:

  1. I'd have loved to have seen this one. One of our mutual friends [look to your feet, Gaz!!] knew Sue T and always spoke well of her. You are right about the 'knowing comments' - that sort of thing can be really irritating. "Curve" is a great venue too. Lenten blessings x