The 2003 Olivier Award-winning Madness musical Our House, with a book by Tim Firth, is revived Off West End at London’s Union Theatre, for a limited season from 21 August to 12 September 2015 (previews from 19 August). It’s directed by Michael Burgen, with choreography by William Whelton and musical direction by Richard Baker. Sasha Regan produces.
The story follows Camden lad Joe Casey (played by EastEnders’ Steven France), who, on the night of his 16th birthday, makes a decision that will change his life. Trying to impress Sarah, the girl of his dreams, Joe breaks into a building development overlooking his home on Casey Street. But things take a turn for the worse as the police turn up. Joe’s life splits into two; the Good Joe who stays and gives himself up and Bad Joe who flees and leaves Sarah to run from the police.
Our House follows the two paths that Joe’s life could take after that fateful night; one path means a criminal record and social exclusion, while the other will lose him the girl that he loves. Over a period of seven years and two alternative lives, Joe deals with the consequences of that night. Whilst one Joe fights to keep Sarah, the other is marrying her in a glitzy Vegas wedding and, ultimately, while Good Joe fights to save his house on Casey Street, Bad Joe is determined to demolish it with tragic consequences. All this is watched over by Joe’s deceased father, who pulls the two stories together.
Michael Burgen makes a return to directing at The Union Theatre following the sell-out success of ‘Loserville’, which ran earlier this year. As an actor, he is no stranger to the Union having performed in a number of shows over the years. He is also part of the award winning ‘All-Male Pirates of Penzance’.
William Whelton directed and choreographed ‘There’s a Kid Inside’ (Cheshire Youth Theatre). William has also choreographed for the Boy band, ‘Class A’ and girl-trio, ‘Belle Noir’. Last year, William set up ‘William Whelton Productions’ in Cheshire. The first production was ‘Cinderella’; a professional Family Pantomime at Clonter Opera Theatre, which he produced and choreographed.
Richard Baker recently worked as MD on the London production of Princess Ida at the Finborough Theatre, NewsRevue at the Canal Cafe Theatre, Finian’s Rainbow at The Charing Cross Theatre, Comedians at Chelsea Theatre, West Side Story at Watford Palace and Aladdin at Newbury Corn Exchange.
The cast includes:
- Steven France (‘Eastenders’) as Joe Casey
- Ailsa Davidson as Sarah
- Dominic Brewer (‘Twelfth Night’, ‘Richard III’, West End & Broadway) as Joe’s Dad
- Sally Samad as Kath Casey
- Joseph Giacone (‘Fame’, UK Tour) as Emmo
- Joe Ashman as Lewis
- Claire Learie as Billie
- Chanice Alexander-Burnett as Angie
- Rhys Owen as Mr. Pressman
- Jay Osborne as Reecey
Ensemble includes: Joanna Bird, Alice Baker, Rachel Capp, Lauren Dinse, Reece Kerridge, Paul Flannigan and Zachary Worrall.