Belvoir Players will be presenting the new stage adaptation of Popular, based on the debut novel of local author, Gareth Russell. Set in a fictional grammar school on the Malone Road, Popular charts a year in the life of beautiful and manipulative teen socialite Meredith Harper, the so-called ‘queen of BT9,’ and her clique of equally well-groomed friends.
Full of rivalries, parties, First XV rugby players, indie kids, house parties postcode preoccupations, forgotten home-works and scandals, Popular as a novel was published by Penguin in the UK and Ireland this July and it has since sold-out twice on Amazon UK. The first in a series, it has also been bought for publication in South Africa, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg. Also available in all major book retailers, Popular has been profiled in The Irish Times and on BBC radio.
With a cast of twenty young local actors, the stage adaptation of Popular will be performed in the Belvoir Players Studio Theatre from September 7th to 10th 2011 nightly at 8.00pm with a matinee on Saturday 10th September at 3.00pm.