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.