So today is Love Theatre Day and that’s all about celebrating all things stage. As a drama grad, I often find myself imagining some of my fave reads in a theatre, so in honour of the day, here are five books I think would work well on the stage!:
1. It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
As soon as I put this book down, I could not shake the feeling that it would be great on the stage. I know it’s already a film (and I haven’t seen it) but I think, with such a great cast of characters in such a small space, it would transfer to the stage really well. I think with a strong and positive message about mental health as well, it would do well for theatre in the community to. It’s dramatic, it’s heart wrenching, it’s funny at times and ultimately shows that “it gets better”.
1. Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
Picture this….Wing Jones: The Musical. WHO’S WITH ME? It would be so so good! Imagine the special effects to show her spirit animals and the kick butt ballad Wing would sing! It’s a beautiful story that again, has a great message behind it. The book is fast paced, honest and fun and would so well on the stage. The set and costume would be so beautiful and honestly, this needs to happen.
1. Another Place by Matthew Crow
I love this story because it’s all about the inner working of people, which I actually think is something that translates really well onstage. This one I see more in an intimate studio space (good look risk assessing those floating lanterns). The play has such amazing characters and this book would work really well in big monologues contrasted with snappy, more action packed scenes. I love this book so so much and to see it on stage would make my heart so happy.
2. Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
This Mulan meets Glee story would be such a good musical! Set in a boarding school and full of singing, it would be a fun and action packed show with lots of opportunities for some great songs! It also tackles some great themes and focuses on a girl who keeps failing at her stage school. This kind of metatheatricality is always fun on stage especially with this Shakespeare-esque cross-dressing story!
3. Hagseed by Margaret Atwood
Similar to the comments about Noteworthy, I love meta kind of theatre and this would be a play, in a play, in a play! It’s a fab retelling of The Tempest and in the prison setting, could open Shakespeare up to a much wider audience, which is something I’m all for! I love the concept of this story and think it would make a great play.
So there are five books that I would LOVE to see on the stage! Can you think of any? Let me know down below.
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Thank you lovelies and happy reading! ox