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The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones

Susie Salmon is just like any other young girl. She wants to be beautiful, adores her charm bracelet and has a crush on a boy from school.

There’s one big difference though – Susie is dead. Alice Sebold’s powerful 2002 novel follows Susie as she watches over her family, torn between seeking vengeance on her killer and allowing her family to heal. A critically acclaimed 2009 film, this emotional story has now been adapted for the stage by Bryony Lavery.

Melly Still directs this impressive production, with Matt Haskin’s atmospheric lighting and an imaginative set by Ana Inés Jabares-Pita, which sees a huge tilted mirror fill the upstage area, projecting the action on the floor and offering hidden glimpses of moments beyond the reflection.

The strong cast are headed up by Charlotte Beaumont as the deceased Susie. Beaumont is excellent as the frightened victim who steadily comes to terms with her circumstance, her vulnerability relaxing into acceptance of things that cannot be changed; her siblings grow up and the world moves on without her - Susie describes the lovely bones as the healing that grows around her absence.

The cast successfully play the multitude of roles that span the 12 years that pass, sound-tracked by pop classics of the time.

This unforgettable play about life after loss is not to be missed…and it will make you jump!

Lyric Theatre, Lowry: Oct 15th – 19th 2019 tix here 

Published: 17-Oct-2019 (5608)

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