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Our House – Festival Theatre, Malvern

A woman stands holding a hand aloft surrounded by others

Book: Tim Firth Music & Lyrics: Madness Director: James Tobias Reviewer:  David Robinson The welcome at the house of fun is a warm and an extremely enthusiastic one, with the toe-tapping sounds of Madness favourites ringing loudly around the auditorium and no doubt being whistled long after the show. The melodious joy is infectious and the predominantly young cast throw themselves ...

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Our House – The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Tim Firth Composers: Madness Director: Ros Philips Musical Director: Andrew Linham Choreographer: Nancy Kettle “The London Musical” is a great choice for The Queen's 2016 Community Show. It's lively, it's a crowd-pleaser, and, like most of the company, and the audience, and indeed Madness themselves, it has its roots just down the road in NW1. The Community Musical has ...

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Our House – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Pink car full of young people

Writer: Tim Firth Director: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Ann Bawtree Our House by Tim Firth is a book based around the songs of the band Madness; who were formed in 1976. The story and songs eventually become the musical, however it is more of a ‘what if’ idea than a narrative. Decisions sometimes have to be taken in a split second ...

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Our House – Broughton High School, Edinburgh

Director: Sally Lyall Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald The music of Madness provides the soundtrack to Our House, a bittersweet romantic comedy of a musical that is packed with familiar songs and served with a big dollop of fun along the way. Taking the form similar to that of many jukebox musicals, Our House is set in Camden where Joe has his ...

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Our House –The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Tim Firth Music/Lyrics: Madness Director: Ian Bennett Reviewer: Ruth Lovett All Saints Musical Productions have taken on the challenge of Our House which tells the story of Joe Casey (Matt Concannon) who turns 16 and starts to make a decision that will affect his future. The story splits in two with Good Joe and Bad Joe and we follow ...

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Our House – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Tim Firth Director: Peter Rowe Music and Lyrics: Madness Reviewer: Nicole Evans [rating:3.5] You’d be forgiven for presuming that a musical based on the hits of Madness would just be an excuse for a glorified sing along, however Our House, the brainchild of front man Suggs himself, is much much more than that. In the middle of the stage ...

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Our House – Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Book: Tim Firth Music &Lyrics: Madness Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [rating:3.5] Striving to be more Blood Brothers than Jersey Boys, Tim Firth’s musical Our House based around the music of Madness, ultimately fails to fall into either camp. Neither dramatic play with music or full-blown jukebox musical it is an odd hybrid which sits uneasily between the two. ...

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Our House – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Music: Madness Book: Tim Firth Director: Peter Rowe Musical Director: Dai Watts Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:2.5] The power of musical theatre is that it can be endless re-conceived. A recent trend has been to take large blockbuster productions and give them a small-scale, chamber musical makeover. One popular way of downsizing is to combine cast and orchestra. It’s a technique ...

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