After a few weeks on holiday away from the theatre (excluding a trip to Puy du Fou – if you want to know more feel free to ask me on social media), I couldn’t resist going to see the brand new UK tour of Our House the Madness musical, which has been playing it’s first full week at Sheffield Lyceum after a short run in Crewe. You would not know at all that it’s very early in it’s tour – it’s so slick, fast paced and exciting!
James Tobias’ direction alongside Fabian Aloise’s exceptional choreography breathe new life into the iconic music of Madness and Tim Firth’s book. This truly is a fresh new production of an ever popular musical.
The show’s success was also down to the great lighting designed by Tim Deiling, effective set and costumes designed by David Shields and the wonderful cast assembled by Debbie O’Brien.
Headlining the 2017 tour are Deena Payne (Emmerdale) as Kath Casey and George Sampson (Britain’s Got Talent, Waterloo Road) as Reecey. Deena was very well suited to her role and although not a huge role had a great relationship with her on stage son. George Sampson gave a very impressive in the show demonstrating his well known dance skills, some good singing throughout and brilliant acting skills, portraying the unlikeable character very strongly.
Callum McArdle (Sweeney Todd, Annie) delivered some stunning vocals as Dad and had a great presence throughout. Billy Roberts (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The 12 Tenors) and Will Haswell (Shrek the Musical, Jersey Boys) made a brilliant duo as Emmo and Lewis, Joe Casey’s best friends and they were equally matched Jessica Niles (Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens) and Etisyai Philip (Avenue Q, Hairspray) as Angie and Billie. Both duos gave lots of energy and humour to the show.
Bobby Windebank (Thoroughly Modern Millie, West Side Story) was perfectly horrid as Mr Pressman whilst Matthew McDonald (The Braille Legacy, Death Takes a Holiday) did a great job in the small but key role of Callum.
The true stars of the show however were Sophie Matthew who was making her professional theatre debut in the role of Sarah and Jason Kajdi (Mary Poppins, West Side Story) as Joe Casey. They had a beautiful chemistry on stage and both had a brilliant voices and gave very believable portrayals of their characters. It was so refreshing to see young, fairly unknown performers given a chance to shine in the lead roles. Simply from their performances in the show, I can tell they will take the theatrical world by storm!
I would highly reccommend this show to all – it’s great fun and will leave you singing the songs with a big smile on your face! At the end of the day, who doesn’t want that?!
Our House tours the UK visiting Llandudno, Weston-Super-Mare, Skegness, Malvern, Hastings, Glasgow, Blackpool, Bridlington, Bromley, Portsmouth, Coventry and Weymouth before closing the tour in High Wycombe on 25th November. The tour may be back in the new year as well, so watch this space!