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The Lovely Bones – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: Alice Sebold Adaptor: Bryony Lavery Director:  Melly Still Reviewer: Lu Greer The Lovely Bones novel tells the story of a teenage girl, Susie Salmon, who is abducted and murdered in brutal fashion, and who also happens to be the narrator of the story. Prioritising seeing justice served over making it to ‘heaven’ after her death Susie sticks around in ...

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The Lovely Bones – Theatre Royal Nottingham

Writer: Bryony Lavery from the book by Alice Sebold Director: Melly Stil Reviewer: CL Delft Alice Sebold’s The  Lovely Bones was an unlikely literary best-seller in the mid-2000s: it tells the story of the consequences of a child murder and its impact on her family and community, seen from the point of view of the murdered child (Susie Salmon) herself.  ...

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The Lovely Bones – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Bryony Lavery from the book by Alice Sebold Director: Melly Still Reviewer: John Kennedy Protagonist, the traumatised young teenager, Susie Salmon (‘like the fish’), following her abduction, rape, murder and dismemberment, maintains a compelling narrative as she navigates through and beyond the ‘Inbetween’. That gossamer veil separating her personal Heaven from her family still stupefied with guilt and grief ...

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Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Rona Munro from the book by Louis de Bernières Director: Melly Still Reviewer: James Garrington There are always huge challenges involved in adapting a well-known book for the stage. How faithful can or should it be to the original, how easily can we portray inner thoughts, how can we deal with characters ageing? With Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, the team has ...

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Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames

Writer: Louis de Bernières Adaptor: Rona Munro Director: Melly Still Reviewer: Stephen Bates Setting a fictional romance against the backdrop of real events in Greece during World War II, Louis de Bernières’ 1994 novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin became a worldwide hit. Many thought that the lavish 2001 film version suffered badly from miscasting, but, unencumbered by pressure to place star ...

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The Mirror Crack’d – New Theatre, Cardiff

Novel by Agatha Christie Adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff Director: Melly Still Reviewer: Barbara Michaels The name Agatha Christie is synonymous with thrillers that hold their appeal through the years – think The Mousetrap now entering its 67th record-breaking year on stage and still going strong.  But a first-ever stage adaptation of one of Christie’s mystery novels is ...

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The Lovely Bones – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Bryony Lavery from the book by Alice Sebold Director: Melly Still Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Susie Salmon is a typical fourteen-year-old on the cusp of womanhood, not quite a child, not quite grown up, even if she has had her first kiss with Ray Singh. But Susie is very different to most fourteen-year-olds: Susie was brutally raped and murdered by ...

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The Lovely Bones – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Alice Sebold Adaptor: Bryony Lavery Director: Melly Still Reviewer: John Roberts Alice Sebold’s gripping and award-winning novel The Lovely Bones, has finally been turned into a stage adaptation and here in this world premiere production, Director Melly Still and Adaptor Bryony Lavery have created a piece of theatre which taps into the heart of the novel and brings a ...

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