As playwrights Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary talked about pitching the idea of an Adrian Mole musical, writing the script, finding the right cast and working with the kids, it was clear that both writers had a great deal of respect and admiration for everyone involved with the production.
When asked about working with Sue Townsend, both Jake and Pippa’s reaction was one of fond memory and lasting impressions. They spoke about trying to capture Sue’s voice whilst writing the script, of keeping the original content and not diverging from the magic of the original books. I found it very amusing to learn that during several meetings, Sue would point out a particular line and announce “I don’t like this one, I don’t think it’s right”, only to be told “but, Sue, that’s one of yours!”
Though many famous people have stated that you should never work with children, those at Curve take a different view. Apparently the hardest working members of the cast are the also the youngest. With school classes, script rehearsals and set management all being juggled at the same time it was a pleasure to hear of how much fun the kids have been to work with.
‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾’, opens at The Curve theatre on Saturday 7th March. I booked my ticket the moment the interview finished.