The Paperboy musical has premiered in the Lyric Theatre in Belfast to sell out shows and excellent reviews. Here’s what they said:
‘A lot of plays have been written from the perspective of different sides of the conflict. Few adequately explore people who chose to walk the middle line, discovering and questioning all traditions.’ (Alan in Belfast)
“Charming and imaginative’ (The Stage)
‘The most moving scene was when the protestant and catholic women embraced each other during the Peace Walk holding white paper doves and standing together. I remember it well and I suddenly realised it hadn’t all been in vain.’ (Anne Hailes in the Belfast Times)
‘There is a line a minute to bring a smile to your face.’ (Culture Hub Magazine)
Paperboy was produced and commissioned by Youth Music Theatre UK (YMT) and presented in association with Lyric Theatre Belfast. It was adapted from Tony Macaulay’s internationally acclaimed memoir, Paperboy which tells the story of Tony, a 12-year-old boy, growing up against the gritty backdrop of 1970s Belfast. Creative duo, writer-comedian Andrew Doyle and Belfast singer-songwriter Duke Special, captured in the making of the musical a vivid tapestry of Belfast and Tony’s world – one full of Rock Music, Doctor Who and youthful energy – recreating the vibrancy, comic timing and sense of discovery that is so enjoyed in the memoir. Directors Steven Dexter and Dean Johnson worked closely with a talent youth cast to develop a feel for the era.