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Preview: Our House at Seaton Delaval Arts Centre

Our House Musical to bring Madness’ hits to the stage

Our House
Seaton Delaval Arts Centre
Wednesday 26th - Saturday 29th June 2019

A local theatre group have been perfecting their ska moves as an Olivier award winning musical takes to the Seaton Delaval Arts Centre stage at the end of the month.

Our House – The Madness Musical is packed full of songs from the well-loved British band and was named after one of their most popular hit singles. Premiering in London’s West End at The Cambridge Theatre in 2002, Our House was the winner of the 2003 Olivier award for Best New Musical and has since gone on to tour both nationally and internationally to great acclaim. Through the music of Madness, writer Tim Firth explores the themes of love, family values, growing up, responsibility and dealing with losing the people that shape us.

On the night of his sixteenth birthday, local lad Jo Casey 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. When the police arrive, he faces a life changing decision; does he stay and own up like an honest man, or make his escape and go on the run? Joe’s world splits in two and in a “sliding doors” moment two very different paths unfold before him.

A hard-working cast and crew from the Seaton Delaval Arts Centre are thrilled to be producing this uplifting, energetic musical comedy, inspired by and full of all the best Madness hits including: It Must be Love, House of Fun, Baggy Trousers, Driving in my Car and of course Our House.

Director Claire Willis said “After the success of our first ever musical Boogie Nights last year, we are delighted to be bringing this upbeat show to the stage. The show has a real mix of laugh out loud and emotional moments throughout. The cast have been having a brilliant time working hard in rehearsals and we can’t wait to share this fantastic and clever show with audiences.”

Photos: Paul Cummings

Our House opens at the Seaton Delaval Arts Centre on Wednesday 26th June and runs until Saturday 29th with performances nightly at 7.30pm. Tickets are available online at or from the Box Office on 0191 237 5460.

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