Review: The Lovely Bones at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre

The Lovely Bones

As I took my seat for last night’s stage adaption of Alice Sebold’s “The Lovely Bones”, I genuinely was unsure of what to expect. Having read the novel as part of my A Level studies, I was aware that the story has a dark undertone; it pretty much starts with a murder scene after all! I was intrigued to discover how the story would be told on stage.

The Lovely Bones tells the story of Susie Salmon, who narrates the tale, who was brutally raped and murdered at the age of 14. Susie watches on from her version of heaven, as the family she left behind struggle to come to terms with her death. We see Susie desperately trying to connect with her family and help them to solve her murder. However no matter how hard she tries or how loud she screams, Susie can’t get through to them, or can she?

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The ingenious set design portrays a huge tilted mirror across the back of the stage. Allowing the audience to view the story simultaneously on earth and from a heavenly perspective as Susie sees it.

Charlotte Beaumont delivers an outstanding performance as Susie leading the audience to fall in love with her quirky and vibrant personality. It is this light-hearted performance that helps the audience to deal with the dark themes of murder, rape, adultery and alcoholism. Whilst the production is shockingly raw and honest at times, it simultaneously brought a smile to my face and had me laughing out loud in parts too.

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The Lovely Bones captivated my attention right from the abrupt start of the performance. I honestly can’t remember being so enthralled in a stage piece, there was so much happening on stage it was sometimes easy to miss some of the more subtle moments. The performance was gripping, chilling and uplifting all at the same time; highly recommended for a visit I promise you won’t regret.

The Lovely Bones runs at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 6th to 21st September. Tickets start from £15 and can be booked here.

The show then continues on a national tour including Nottingham, Exeter, Norwich, Salford, Kingston, Hackney, Cambridge, Oxford, Guildford and Chichester

the lovely bones

Disclaimer: I was invited to the performance of The Lovely Bones for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are entirely my own.

Photographs by Pamela Raith

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15 Comments

  1. Rebecca Smith
    September 12, 2019 / 10:56 pm

    This sounds like an absolutely thrilling piece of theatre. Having read the book and seen the film,I would have also wondered how they could put it on live but it sounds like a great performance.

    • mommamack15
      Author
      September 13, 2019 / 7:09 am

      I wasnt sure either but I was so pleasantly surprised, if you love the book id highly recommend you trying to get to see it on the tour.

  2. September 13, 2019 / 7:51 am

    It sounds fab. It is great that it pulled you in right from the start!! I would love to see this.

    • mommamack15
      Author
      September 16, 2019 / 8:07 pm

      Check out the tour listing, it may be coming near to you.

  3. Newcastle FamilyLife
    September 13, 2019 / 10:53 am

    I read this book about ten years ago now and it is one of those books that stay with you isn’t it? The play sounds really good x

    • mommamack15
      Author
      September 16, 2019 / 8:06 pm

      Definitely, as soon as the play started the book all came back to me.

  4. September 13, 2019 / 1:38 pm

    I remember reading this and it was so sad! It looks like they did a brilliant job of it on the stage!

    • mommamack15
      Author
      September 16, 2019 / 8:07 pm

      It is sad but also has lots of great uplifting parts too.

  5. September 15, 2019 / 8:29 pm

    I tried reading that book but couldn’t get past the first couple chapters. Maybe I would do better with it as a play.

    • mommamack15
      Author
      September 16, 2019 / 8:08 pm

      Hopefully, I definitely found the play captivating right from the start.

  6. September 16, 2019 / 10:43 am

    Sounds like a fab evening out. Looks like you had a great night at the theatre for sure xx

    • mommamack15
      Author
      September 16, 2019 / 8:09 pm

      I did thanks, lovely to have a night off from mommy duties

  7. September 16, 2019 / 8:58 pm

    I love theatres, they bring the stories alive and I love seeing the actors expressions!

  8. Clare Minall
    September 17, 2019 / 10:18 am

    It’s been a long time since I’ve watched a thetre show. This seems to be a great option to have some me time.

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