Sue Townsend's adaptation of her internationally best-selling book makes for a lively play about a splendidly comic and instantly recognisable adolescent.
In his secret diary, Adrian Mole excruciatingly details every morsel of his turbulent teenage years. He prides himself on being an intellectual, though he’s not quite as worldly-wise as he tries to seem; his trousers are the wrong shape, he doesn’t know how to French kiss and George Eliot isn’t answering any of his letters. Almost worse than this, his parent’s troubled marriage is disintegrating and the beautiful Pandora does not return his love. Adrian’s unique interpretations and delightfully self-centred complaints constitute a hilarious portrait of a boy equally worried about his poetry being ignored by the BBC and the zit appearing on his chin.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole was first presented in 1984 at the Phoenix Arts Centre, Leicester.