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“Your characters never really go away – of course you feel a fondness towards them.” Novelist Alice Sebold has recently had reason to revisit the characters of The Lovely Bones, her 2002 globally best-selling, smash hit novel about a young girl, Susie Salmon, who watches her family from heaven after she’s raped and murdered by a serial killer.

For those who’ve never encountered the novel – and there surely can’t be that many of them given its deserved ubiquity in the early noughties – what sounds like grim reading is, in fact, a tenderly drawn portrait of a family coming to terms with grief.

A picture painted with a lightness of touch through the voice and fantastical afterlife of the deceased teenager, the captivating world of Susie Salmon is about to come to life in a new form in the first theatrical version of The Lovely Bones, premiering at Northern Stage, Newcastle from Tuesday 9th-Saturday 20th October.

Written by Bryony Lavery and directed by Melly Still, author Sebold has been intimately involved with the production throughout, unable initially to imagine quite how the story – which moves seamlessly between heaven and earth – could actually be realised on stage.

“There are all these ways where I can’t see how they’re going to do it,” Sebold laughs. “So, for me, it’s going to be amazing to see.”

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