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Youth Music Theatre UK - Paperboy

The Reviews are in and Paperboy is a HIT!


This past weekend, Youth Music Theatre UK's musical adaptation of Tony Macaulay’s much-loved memoir hit the stage for the first time at the Lyric Theatre Belfast.  Paperboy truly brought Tony’s childhood to life. It’s 1975 and 12 year old Tony dutifully goes about his paper round.  Belfast in the seventies is like the newspaper he delivers: everything is black and white, albeit orange and green.  There are bombings on the evening news, but he’s more interested in Doctor Who, the Bay City Rollers, outer space, and of course, the girl of his dreams: Sharon Burgess!

Comedian, Andrew Doyle, and Belfast singer-songwriter Duke Special perfectly combined narrative comedy with atmospheric music that nostalgicly takes you back in time, drawing you into Tony’s world.  Directors Steven Dexter and Dean Johnson briliantly brought young Tony’s thoughts, feelings and life overall into fruition.


Sold Out Shows Followed by Glowing Reviews

'West End transfer shouldn’t be out of the question for Paperboy' (Irish News)

'There's no mistaking quality when you see it and Sam Gibson as Paperboy Tony is a revelation. Amazing stage presence, terrific voice - he's the real deal. Like any good paperboy, he delivers' (Belfast Telegraph)

'A lot of plays have been written from the perspective of different sides of the conflict. Few adequately explore people who chose to walk the middle line, discovering and questionging all traditions.  Paperboy remails very true to Tony Macaulay’s history of peace building' (Alan in Belfast)

'There is a line a minute to bring a smile to your face' (Culture Hub)

'Charming and Imaginative.' (The Stage)

'The audience was swept along by our lovable paperboy Tony Macaulay'  (Belfast Times)

'Doyle's script and lyrics, Wilson's music, and the cast of thirty-five never miss a beat in their drive to entertain' (The Big List). 

Twitter Was Absolutely Buzzing After the Show!

'Having read @tonymacaulay's #Paperboy I was keen to see how it would translate to the @LyricBelfast stage. @DukeSpecial & @andrewdoyle_com have done a superb job, and the young @ymtuk cast were excellent. Took me back to my own youth & perfectly captured the era. 1st class show.' - @CrAm723

I laughed out loud, I shed a tear. How brilliant to be able to take my own son to see my childhood brought to life. #paperboy by @tonymacaulay and the fantastic talented cast from @ymtuk Wonderful show. - @IanWoodsSky

Absolutely loved #paperboy at the @LyricBelfast! So funny and full of our wonderful Belfast humour. Lots of emotion and poignancy too. Big fan of the book so was amazing to see it brought to life. Script and music were brilliant. Lovely to speak to @tonymacaulay after too! - @_mels13

Absolutely loved, laughed, clapped, cheered and nearly cried just once #PaperBoy @ymtuk @LyricBelfast a must see! - @SuzanneLea2