Our House (musical)
|Productions||2002 West End
2006 Japanese tour
2008 UK Tour
2012 UK Gala Performance
2013 New UK Tour
|Awards||Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical|
Our House is a musical with music and lyrics from Madness and the book by Tim Firth. The show featured songs from the ska/pop band Madness, and was named after one of their popular hit singles, "Our House". The story is of Joe Casey, who becomes involved in petty crime and follows different directions in his life in London.
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- 2 Synopsis
- 3 Original Cast
- 4 Musical Numbers
- 5 Recording and video
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Michael Jibson made his professional debut as Joe Casey and was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Direction was by Matthew Warchus with choreography by Peter Darling, and featured Julia Gay as Sarah. Members of the band Madness played roles in the executive production of the show, and Madness frontman Suggs performed in the production for a while as Joe's father.
A UK revival started at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and continued on a UK tour in 2008, with Chris Carswell playing the lead role of Joe Casey. In 2008/2009 it played cities from Stoke in July 2008 to Crawley in March 2009.
The touring production changed aspects of the show in reaction to criticism of show's début in the West End. House of Fun was replaced with "Los Palmas 7" as the opening of the show. "Sarah's Song" was also replaced with the new Madness hit "NW5".
UK Gala Performance
Our House returned to London's West End on 11 November 2012 for a one off Gala performance at Savoy Theatre. The performance was directed by the shows original director Matthew Warchus in aid of Help for Heroes. Suggs played the role of Joe's Dad in the production. www.ourhouseinconcert.com
A new production of the show toured Japan in July 2006, starting in Tokyo.
2013 New UK Tour
Our House is returning to stages around the UK in the latter part of 2013. The show is being performed by the New Wolsey Theatre Company, based in Ipswich.
- New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
- Thursday 12th September - Saturday 5th October
- Nottingham Theatre Royal
- Tuesday 8th October – Saturday 12th October
- Edinburgh Festival Theatre
- Tuesday 15th October – Saturday 19th October
- Bath Theatre Royal
- Monday 21st October – Saturday 26th October
- Coventry Belgrade
- Monday 28th October – Saturday 2nd November
- Brighton Theatre Royal
- Monday 4th November – Saturday 9th November
- Plymouth Theatre Royal
- Monday 18th November – Saturday 23rd November
Our House has now been adapted to be performed within School, College or University communities.
Below is a list of Performances of 'Our House
- August 2010 - Sheevawn Musical Group
- December 2010 - Winstanly College
- November 2011 - Stoke Youth Musical Theatre Company
- February 2012 - Leeds University's Stage Musical Society
- March 2012 - Sutton Grammar School in collaboration with Sutton High School, starring Michael Chidgey and Erica Lebedeva, featuring Max Daley
- July 2012 - Sittingbourne Community College Theatre Company
- October 2012 - Budmouth College
- SAGE Productions Peoples Theatre
- February 2013 - SMYTh Seniors in The Mermaid Theatre
- February 2013 - Curtain Call Musical Theatre Society (Aberystwyth University) at Canolfan Arad Goch (Arad Goch Theatre)
- February 2013 - St. Fintan's High School, Sutton,
- March 2013 - IODS Youth at Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford (London)
- March 2013 - Kingswinford,Summerhill, Wordsley and Crestwood School's GCSE Performing Arts students
- March 2013 - Western Academy of Beijing
- March 2013 - Keynsham Youth Theatre, Bristol
- April 2013 - New College Telford Performing Arts students at Oakengates Theatre
- May 2013 - Bucks New University BA (Hons) Musical Theatre with Amersham & Wycombe College Technical Theatre students
- May 2013 - University of Worcester Loco Show Co.
- May 2013 - Brightlingsea Musical Theatre Group
- May 2013 - Lincoln College Year 2 Performing Arts, Music and Production
- May 2013 - Gower College Swansea Year 2 Performing Arts and Production
- June 2013 - The 2nd Year Performing Arts at Bexhill College Performance featuring Charlie Bourne as Joe Casey and Kim Baitup as Sarah
- June 2013 - Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
- June 2013 - Bridgend College School of Creative Arts.
- June 2013 - Mearns Castle High School - GLASGOW
- June 2013 - Kendal College (Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal)
- June 2013 - The Marsh Academy, New Romney, Kent
- July 2013 - Centre Stage Theatre Group, Balsall Common.
- July 2013 - Somerset Performing Arts Centre Of Education (The SPACE Company, Taunton)
- July 2013 - Wolvehampon College, B-tec Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Students featuring Ricky Duffy as Joe Casey, Kim Gandy as Sarah and Dan Harper as Joe's Dad.
- October 2013 - The Hazlitt Youth Theatre, Hazlitt Arts Centre, Maidstone, Kent
- October 2013 - The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Kent - Community Theatre Project
- September 2013 - Pilkington Musical Theatre Group, St Helens Theatre Royal
- November 2013 - Potters Bar Theatre Company, Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar, Herts
- November 2013 - St Gregory's CHS, Warrington, Cheshire
- December 2013 - Littleover Community School, Derby
- December 2013 - Backwell School Sixth Form, North Somerset
- January 2014 - St. Nicholas Catholic High School, Hartford, Cheshire
-May 2014 - Fakenham Academy and College , Norfolk
This is a synopsis of the new production after the show had been adapted
Our House is the story of Joe Casey who, on the night of his sixteenth birthday, takes Sarah, the girl of his dreams, out on their first date. In an effort to impress her with bravado, he breaks into a building site overlooking his home on Casey Street, which is owned by Mister Pressman, a high-end property developer. The police turn up, at which point Joe’s life splits into two: the Good Joe, who stays to help, and Bad Joe, who flees.
Good Joe, having stayed to help Sarah, is sent to a ‘correctional facility’ for two years. On his release, finding that his past prevents him from getting a good job, he struggles to make ends meet. Despite managing to buy himself a second-hand car, he convinces himself that he is an embarrassment to all who care about him – especially Sarah, whose new college lifestyle reading law is complicated by Callum, a fellow student. In an effort to keep up with this guy, Good Joe is beguiled by his ‘mate’ Reecey into helping stage a break-in for some easy money – is caught and this time sent down.
Meanwhile, Bad Joe has lost Sarah, but is making a success of a burgeoning career, using his breaking and entering skills to install security systems which he then instructs a lowlife ‘mate’ called Reecey how to breach. His efforts soon earn him enough money to start his own business in property development, where he attracts the attention of Mister Pressman. Now a successful businessman, he is able to swan back into Sarah’s life, literally sweeping her off her feet at her college dance.
Three years later, at 21, Bad Joe and Sarah get married in Vegas, while Good Joe is leaving prison, forced to sleep rough in the second-hand car he bought all those years ago. At this point, Good Joe and Bad Joe’s worlds start to collide. Mister Pressman has decided to ‘redevelop’ Camden by demolishing Casey Street – except Joe’s mum Kath refuses to leave. This house is special, she says, given to her family in perpetuity because their ancestors helped build Casey Street.
Good Joe vows to save the house. He calls on Sarah, now a trainee lawyer engaged to Callum, to help prove that Kath does own the deeds to 25 Casey Street. Bad Joe, meanwhile, is called on by Mister Pressman to help destroy the house in a strong arm final straw tactic to get the occupant to move out. Bad Joe does this by arranging – with Reecey’s help - for the house to be burned down while she is out celebrating her birthday. Except tragically all Kath wants to do is wait in the house for her son to come visit her on that special day. In the Good Joe story, the errant son returns, holding the property deeds, to find the house burning down but his mum safe; in the Bad Joe story the ‘successful’ son returns too late, to realise his mum was in there, waiting for him.
From the ashes of the house fire Good Joe is reborn, reunited with Sarah, whom he marries, and also with his mum. Mister Pressman and Reecey are sent down for arson. Bad Joe, having lost Sarah and his mum, is sent down as an accomplice to manslaughter. And in the final beat of the show we wind back time to where we started, the moment of decision on Joe’s sixteenth birthday: when asked what he wants to do, somehow he knows now the right decision to make. He simply says ‘Let’s go dancing!’
Original Production Team
- Director - Matthew Warchus
Musical producer: ....
- Decor - Rob Howell
- Effects - Paul Kieve
- Lighting - Mark Henderson
- Sound - Rick Clarke
- Choreography - Peter Darling
- Orchestrations - Steve Sidwell
- Musical Director - Philip Bateman
Recording and video
Awards and nominations
Original London production
|2003||Laurence Olivier Award||Best New Musical||Won|
|Best Actor in a Musical||Michael Jibson||Nominated|
|Best Theatre Choreographer||Peter Darling||Nominated|
- History of the musical Our House
- Tim Firth's website - summary and reviews of Our House
- Loveridge, Lizzie.Review, Our House curtainup.com, 5 November 2002
- Laurence Olivier Awards - Chronological list of winning musicals officiallondontheatre.co.uk
- writer Tim Firth talks to What’s On Stage whatsonstage.com (cached), 6 June 2008
- Our House listing, 29 May 2008 – Sat 21 Jun 2008 birmingham-rep, retrieved 2 March 2010
-  maddogs1.blogspot.com
- Our House - The Musical: BBC3 cast list