Ordinarily it is not considered socially acceptable to read another person's diary, but when it is full of poignant witticisms, hilarious anecdotes and funny observations, this social taboo can prove to be hard to obey.
This is the case with Adrian Mole, a teenage boy (13 3/4 to be exact) who experiences all the hardships, trials and tribulations synonymous with growing up in the 1980s. This hilarious social commentary has been turned into a stage play The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4, and is something Bruiser has jumped at the opportunity to produce not only in 2005, but again this our twentieth anniversary year: 2017!
Here are just ten comical citations you can expect from the play which runs in Belfast's the MAC 22 September to 7 October and the regional tour (Ballina Arts Centre, Mullingar Arts Centre, ISLAND Arts Centre Lisburn, Civic Theatre Dublin, Armagh Marketplace Theatre and The Playhouse Derry). To book your tickets click here.
1. Adrian daydreams about being discovered:
“Perhaps when I am famous and my diary is discovered people will understand the torment of being a 13 3/4 year old undiscovered intellectual. Until then I’ll just have to put up with the charade that is my family life.”
2. Adrian's best friend Nigel commenting on his parents' boogeying abilities:
“It’s embarrassing watching adults trying to dance, isn’t it?”
3. Pandora makes her feelings heard on competitive sport:
"Netball is a ridiculous game. So one gets the stupid ball in the stupid net. Who cares?"
4. Adrian's elderly friend, Bert Baxter: the original hipster:
"I turned into a Communist before it became generally popular."
5. ...and a bad influence!:
"Don’t smoke? A lad of your age! You should be ashamed of yourself!"
6. Adrian debates Capitalism:
I must say that I take my hat off to Sainsbury's, they seem to attract a better class of person. I saw a vicar choosing toilet paper; he chose a four-roll pack of purple three-ply. He must have money to burn! He could have bought some shiny white and given the difference to the poor. What a hypocrite!
7. ...and discusses how he will vote when he is of age!:
“I'm not sure how I will vote. Sometimes I think Mrs Thatcher is a nice kind sort of woman. Then the next day I see her on television and she frightens me rigid. She has got eyes like a psychotic killer, but a voice like a gentle person. It is a bit confusing.”
8. We can all relate!:
"Teachers are the same everywhere. Fascists."
9. Adrian refusing to give in to peer pressure:
“Boz offered me a sniff of his glue today, but I declined it with thanks.”
10. Adrian's mother Pauline telling it like it is:
"How many times have I told you? If you’re not enjoying yourself, then pretend that you are. I have to do it at your lousy school concerts!"
Delve further into Adrian's diary with our production of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4! The show will run 22 September to 15 October, beginning in the MAC and followed by a tour of regional venues. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
Bruiser's next production The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 is set in the best decade of the twentieth century: the 1980s! The '80s is a decade renowned for its cult cinema, with comforting classic films like Brat Pack crowd pleasers; The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles to fantasy, horror and Sci-Fi greats E.T., The Lost Boys, Aliens, Terminator and Beetlejuice- to name but a few!
In light of this great decade of movies, we've asked the cast of Adrian Mole which of the classic films is their favourite. Here's what they chose:
In honour of our upcoming production The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Bruiser have been stepping back in time to the 1980s and counting down our favourite fifty songs from the decade! All week we’ve revealed the songs 11-20, 21-30, 31-40 and 41-50 and now it’s time to reveal which songs are in our top ten!
All week we have been counting down our fifty favourite hits from the 1980s! Ahead of the big reveal tomorrow morning where we will unveil our Top Ten, our cast weigh in with their thoughts. Here are Adam, Orla, Gerard, Keith and Colette's favourite songs!
There's just a few weeks to go until the opening night of our next production The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4. Given the play is set in the 1980s, we have decided to count down our favourite songs from the decade. Check out the songs that we have ranked from 11-20!
Ahead of our production of 1980s classic The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Bruiser continue with our countdown of our favourite songs from the Eighties this week. Check out the songs that we have ranked from 21-30!
This week Bruiser have been bitten by the nostalgia bug and have been celebrating all things Eighties in line with the setting of our next production The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾. Yesterday we began counting down our top 50 favourite songs from the decade, we continue the countdown later in the week but for now we reveal which songs we ranked 31-40.
The 1980s. A decade of big hair, questionable fashion sense and dubious politicians. Despite all this, one thing the Eighties gave us was ten years of epic tunes! From Madonna to Prince, Queen to Michael Jackson, Bonnie Tyler to Bon Jovi, the eighties had it all.
Bruiser’s next production will be The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾. It is the story of a teenage boy growing up in the 1980s, trying to deal with adolescent issues such as quarreling parents, falling in love, the stress of school work and being bullied. (Not that we need one but) Bruiser have decided to use the setting of the play to celebrate this glorious decade by counting down our favourite 50 songs from the 1980s!
A word to the wise, if you are thinking of compiling a similar list- don’t! It is so difficult! There are so many great artists and great songs to choose from. While I would like to say that this task opened a healthy discussion in our office, that would be a lie. We rowed continuously about which songs should be included in the Top 50, and we almost had a brawl when deciding which song should sit atop of the list. Nevertheless, we did decide on an order and here it is!
We start the countdown with the songs 50-41, and will reveal the rest each day throughout the rest of the week.
Orla trained at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) graduating with a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Acting in 2005. She is also a 2005 Spotlight Prize nominee.
Theatre credits include: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Aged 13 3/4) (Bruiser), An Evening with Bette Midler (The Playhouse - Premiere & Irish Tour), Fly me to the Moon (Balor Rep), A Christmas Carol (Maxim Theatre, Stockholm), Josef Locke, A Grand Adventure (The Playhouse & N.Irish Tour) Denizen (Premiere, Creggan Enterprises), Pits and Perverts (Sole Purpose Productions, Premiere and UK & Irish Tour), Cinderella (Lyric), The London Vertigo (Balor Rep), The Comedy of Errors (Ulster Theatre Company), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Sense and Sensibility (UK, Ireland and International Tour), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (UK Productions, No.1 UK Tours 2006/2008 & Maltese Premiere 2009), The Secret Garden (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Into the Woods (The Landor, London), The Country Boy and Irish Premiere of Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls (Balor Rep), Down in the Valley and Bastien and Bastienne (Welsh National Opera), Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk (Millennium Forum Productions), Red Riding Hood (c21), The Pride (Blue Eagle Productions).
Screen credits include: Bad Day for the Cut (Six Mile Hill Productions), Paula (BBC), The Fall Season 2 (BBC), Emmerdale (ITV), Peter Kay's Britain’s Got the Pop Factor (Channel 4), I’d Do Anything (BBC.)
Gerard trained at Youth Action Northern Ireland’s Rainbow Factory School of Performing Arts. Credits include: Smiley, Pride & Prejudice and The Jungle Book (Lyric Theatre), Blue BoyGlenmore (Brassneck), Jacque Brel is Alive and Well (Lyric Theatre/Blunt Fringe), Lally the Scut, Fireworks, Swing State Cabaret (Tinderbox), Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged, 25th Annual Spelling Bee, Midsummer Night's Dream, Blue Remembered Hills (Bruiser), iSpy (Big Telly), Short Strand Rising, Henry and Harriot (Kabosh), Tosca (NI Opera), The New Kid, Sinking (Replay) The Comedy of Errors (Belfast Th. Co) and Herons, Pvt. Wars (Pintsized Productions).
Panto credits include Ugly Sister for Qdos in Cinderella (Belfast Grand Opera House), Jack and the Beanstalk, Peter Pan, Aladdin, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Show White & the Seven Dwarfs (Millennium Forum), Aladdin, Pinocchio (Waterfront Hall) and Cinderella & Sleeping Beauty (Market Place Theatre). Gerard has numerous small screen credits. He can next be seen playing the role of George Mole in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 at The Mac and at the Lyric Theatre this Christmas in Santa Claus, What the Reindeer Saw. Gerard is Artistic Producer at Pintsized Theatre NI.