Richard Huish College students took to the big stage to present the Madness-inspired musical, Our House.

Following the phenomenal success of 2019’s sold-out production of Chicago (High School Edition) and the equally successful post-covid production of Made in Dagenham in 2022, Our House did not disappoint. Spanning a sold-out 3-night run between 1st- 3rd February, the Huish students wowed audiences as they sang, danced, played, and technically coordinated Madness’s greatest hits.

Based in 1980’s Camden Town, Our House tells the exciting story of London lad Joe Casey, who, on the night of his sixteenth birthday, takes Sarah, the girl of his dreams, out on their first date. To impress her he breaks into a building site overlooking his home on Casey Street, which is owned by Mister Pressman, a high-end property developer. When the police turn up, Joe faces a tough decision: to run, or give himself up. It is at this point that the story splits in two as we follow the fortunes, and misfortunes, of Good Joe and Bad Joe.

The two different paths of Joe Casey’s future are carefully watched over by Joe’s deceased father, who regrets his own criminal choices that saw him neglect his family. As the parallel worlds of Good and Bad Joe Casey head towards an explosive climax, we find out which decision the 16-year-old Joe made – to turn his back on a life of crime and do the right thing.

With auditions open to the entire student body, students studying a range of subjects came together through the Performing Arts EnRICH programme to share their love of musical theatre. Making up the cast and chorus, band and technical crew, they captivated the audience with Madness classics with choreographed dance routines including ‘Baggy Trousers’, ‘It Must Be Love’ and the title track ‘Our House’.

Albert Hacker delivered a compelling performance as lead character, Joe Casey and the same dedication to performance was reflected across the entire cast. The live musicians enhanced the storytelling on stage with their uplifting accompaniment whilst the stage crew ensured costumes, lighting, sound, and set were all ready to provide a full theatre experience for the audience.

Director and Course Manager for Drama, Gemma Thompson, commented “As a team, we have absolutely loved doing ‘Our House’. The students did justice to all of the musical numbers and the energy needed to give our audience the performance that they deserved.

 

“I am really proud of all of the students involved, they worked tirelessly on creating a fantastic performance! Thank you to everyone who came and supported us!”

Huish students will be displaying their musical talents once more at their upcoming Spring Concert on 30th March 2023. For more information about Huish events visit events.