A brand new musical came to Thornbury’s Armstrong Hall in April 2011. The 60 strong cast of young people presented an energetic version of OUR HOUSE — a show built around the hits of Madness, such as Baggy Trousers, Wings of a Dove, My Girl, the wonderfully romantic It Must Be Love and, of course, the enduring title song: Our House! These young people hone their dramatic skills as students of the Northavon School of Drama and they’re proud to have displayed their versatility by staging such a challenging production.
With more than 25 different locations in each Act, the show was a terrific technical challenge and with nearly 45 different characters, the costume plot was also huge! Cars and other special effects abounded and complicated lighting added a frisson of excitement for audiences. A seven-piece band played the music that many of us grew up with (and for the younger audience members it was an unforgettable for all the right reasons)!
The story concerns a London family, with Irish roots, a widow whose husband died young, but seemed to deliberately make things harder for those he loved and their son Joe, who reaches his sixteenth birthday and finds himself faced with a life changing choice. At that point he becomes two people (Good and Bad Joe) and we explore the paths that each side of his character take.
Sometimes the two stories converge and we are reminded how easily we can affect not only ourselves, but those we love, if we make the wrong decisions.