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  • (一) 21-10-2013 8:00 PM - 2 小時

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'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole' by Sue Townsend

Based on her hugely popular novel series of the Eighties, 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole'  was Sue Townsend's more recent dramatic recreation of the initial novel in which the eponymous hero and diarist is famously 'aged thirteen and a quarter'. In the play, as in the novel, Adrian Mole is an unrecognized intellectual and poet suffering the traumas of first love, the threat of parental divorce and spots erupting on his face. As if these problems were not enough, Adrian is experiencing the bitter pangs of first love for his classmate Pandora. If only he could have his Mum back home, a date with the desirable Pandora and his own poetry programme on the BBC, all might turn out for the best after all! The original diary version is conceived as a subsequent reflection on these events, whereas the play adaptation stages the events themselves, together with some reflective narrative commentary from Adrian. Not quite Harry Potter-esque, but a sympathetic, if to some extent annoyingly precocious character, Adrian Mole and his suburban adventures became compulsive reading in the Eighties for a whole generation that grew up with its misunderstood but well-meaning young hero.

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