Madness musical Our House, with a book by Tim Firth, opens at London’s Union Theatre from 19 August to 12 September (press night is 21 August). The production is directed by Michael Burgen, with choreography by William Whelton and musical direction by Richard Baker.
The story follows Camden lad Joe Casey 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.
The cast includes: Steven France (EastEnders) as Joe Casey, Ailsa Davidson as Sarah, Dominic Brewer (Twelfth Night, Richard III, West End and 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 and Jay Osborne as Reecey. The ensemble includes: Joanna Bird, Alice Baker, Rachel Capp, Lauren Dinse, Reece Kerridge, Paul Flannigan and Zachary Worrall.
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.
Other theatre credits include: Patsy in Spamalot directed by Chris Luscombe (West Endand UK tour), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe directed by Theresa Heskins (New Vic Theatre) and Zaide directed by Melly Still (UK tour).
William Whelton directed and choreographed There’s a Kid Inside (Cheshire Youth Theatre). Whelton has also choreographed for the Boy band Class A and girl-trio Belle Noir. Last year, he 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.
Theatre Credits include: Sasha Regan’s All Male Pirates of Penzance (UK tour), Rent (Tabard Theatre), Patience (Union Theatre) and Children of Eden (Prince of Wales Theatre)
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.
Other MD credits include: City of Angels at the Hammersmith Lyric, The Last Five Years at the Nursery Theatre, Dick Whittington at the Fleet Harlington and Dame Janet Suzman’s Much Ado About Nothing at the Riverside Studios.