Discover his inspiration for the children’s story about a cheeky little fellow with big dreams of being in the spotlight.
A musical about teen troubles needs teen Minimasters for a truly honest take – so we sent sisters Eden and Macy to the Ambassadors Theatre to see The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – The Musical.
Huge theatre fans, Eden is a 14-year-old fashionista who loves Seven Brides for Seven Brothers because she thinks the costumes in the frontier-set musical are “insane”; while her sister Macy was lucky enough to see The Lion King from a box at the Lyceum Theatre, and got to dance next to animal puppets.
“I would love a career in musical theatre one day”, says Macy.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 The Musical premiered at Leicester’s Curve Theatre before taking the West End by storm. The show follows Adrian, an intellectual who hates his spots, school bullies, and how much his parents drink. He does, however, like poetry and the new girl at school. Will the year he turns 14 be a good one?
Read what Eden and Macy made of the show below.
What happens in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – The Musical?
The show deals with the life of a 13-going-on-14-year-old boy called Adrian Mole who is experiencing new and weird feelings which results in a very funny show. Adrian Mole has fallen for a new girl in his class and must deal with his neglectful parents who argue constantly.
Why did you like the show?
We loved the show because of the way its multiple storylines are all going on at once – Adrian’s relationship with Pandora, his parents’ marriage, the school bullies and the teachers and the build up to the school Nativity – it’s quite chaotic, but it’s all tied together at the end.
It had some sad moments, some funny moments, and that made it all the more interesting to watch. The songs were catchy, and I could relate to it because the kids were all around our age.
It’s a real rollercoaster of emotions and has the power to make you laugh and cry – as well as cringe at some of the embarrassing things that happen to Adrian throughout the show
What were your favourite moments from the show?
There are loads of standout moments in Adrian Mole that are guaranteed to make audiences laugh out loud, but a couple we loved were when the kids all wore red socks to protest against school uniform rules – it was so silly! – and when all they performed the Nativity and the end.
Adrian has written the play himself and it’s very funny, especially when he makes the school bully dress up as a fairy angel.
The musical is a great show full of funny moments and has real heart – we think it’s the perfect treat for families looking for a relateable, cheeky show this summer.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – The Musical is running at the Ambassadors Theatre until 28 September 2019 – book your tickets through Ticketmaster.co.uk.