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Musical madness in Frome at the Memorial with “Our House”

The cast of FMTC's 'Our House'

The cast of FMTC’s ‘Our House’

FROME Musical Theatre Company are gearing up for another blockbuster performance as they bring ‘Our House’ to the stage. 

Our House will come to the Memorial Theatre, from Thursday 2nd to Saturday 4th October with showings daily at 7.30pm with tickets expected to sell fast in the build up to the performance. They are available from  www.fromemtc.co. uk and cost £12 for adults and £10 for concessions, with discounts for group bookings.

Winner of the 2003 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, ‘Our House’ is a musical with music and lyrics by Madness and a book by playwright Tim Firth. The show features songs from the ska/pop band Madness, and was named after one of their popular hit singles, ‘Our House’. 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.

The Madness hits go on and on and as well as the title song the show includes ‘Baggy Trousers’, ‘My Girl’, ‘Embarrassment’, ‘Driving in my Car’, ‘House of Fun’, ‘Nightboat to Cairo’, ‘Wings of a Dove’ and many more.

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.

If you love the music of the 80s and Madness in particular you won’t want to miss this one, so please book early by ringing the box office on 462795 or by contacting admin@fromememorialtheatre.org.uk.