Local actors Orla Mullan and Keith Lynch are set to tread the boards at the MAC, Belfast this September as they perform in Bruiser Theatre Company’s touring production of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Aged 13 ¾).

Based on Sue Townsend’s best-selling novel, the story chronicles the life of Adrian Mole and his adolescent years in the 1980’s, this classic comedy is a nostalgic blast from the past jam-packed with fun and laughter.

The MAC is the first stop for the touring adaptation of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Aged 13 ¾), brought to life by Bruiser Theatre Company in their signature boisterous style at the MAC from 22 Sep - 7 Oct 2017, celebrating their 20th anniversary production.

Hilariously captured in Adrian’s secret diary the show charts the highs and lows of being a teenager during the Thatcher period including dealing with dysfunctional parents, the school bully and teenage crushes. Adrian’s troubles with spots, height and clothes still hold their relevance and will resonate with teenagers today.

Made up of an entirely local cast, Derry actor Orla Mullan will take on the role of Pauline (Adrian’s mother) and Keith Lynch, also from Derry, will take on the daunting task of portraying three characters Bert, Nigel and Mr Lucas. Orla graduated from Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with a First-Class Honours degree in Acting. Her acting credits include appearances in Emmerdale and BBC crime drama, The Fall. Keith began his acting career in his hometown with the Derry Musical Society and has been a staple with Millennium Forum Productions especially during pantomime season.

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.

Our fantastic all local cast will retell the hilarity of this cult classic to audiences that are familiar with Adrian, and to those who are meeting him for the first time.”

If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Derry Now editorial team on 028 7129 6600 for Derry City stories Or 028 7774 3970 for County Derry stories. Or you can email [email protected] at any time.