REVIEW: Our House The Musical (Churchill Theatre) ★★★★★
Making their way through their UK tour, the cast of Our House The Musical storm their way into the Churchill Theatre in Bromley until the 28th of October. The jukebox musical features well known hits by Madness; including ‘Baggy Trousers’, ‘It Must Be Love’ and ‘Our House’. The show was originally performed at the Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End from 2002-2003 and even received the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.
Our House revolves around teenager Joe Casey. In a bid to impress his new girlfriend Sarah on his sixteenth birthday, Joe illegally breaks into a housing development. Eventually the police come looking and Joe must decide to take either the criminal route his father took (that eventually lead to his death), or whether he gives himself up and lives as a decent man should. As the story unfolds, we see two very different lives of Joe Casey and the consequences of the actions he took that night.
This UK tour features a phenomenal cast all round. The leads are played by Jason Kajdi as Joe Casey and Sophie Matthew as Sarah. The show also features Britain’s Got Talent 2008 winner George Sampson as Reecey, and Emmerdale’s Deena Payne as Kath Casey. In particular; it was Jason Kajdi as Joe that stood out, from quick costume changes to characterisation swaps- he certainly has the most to do yet never hints any potential exhaustion. Jason also has an utterly charming voice that suited the role of Joe and completely delivers a first rate performance.
It’s worth going to see this tour just for the choreography by Fabian Aloise; it’s slick, bold, and thoroughly makes you want to get up and join in with the big numbers. Of course, it was George Sampson we were all drawn to in these songs. George has featured dance solos throughout the production, but even when dancing in the ensemble your eyes are totally glued to him. He is someone you could watch forever.
This tour is the most highly energetic I’ve seen in a long time. I have seen Our House before, but certainly not like this. The set, cast, choreography, and vocals make an all round stunning production that left us all in buzzing for more after. I didn’t go in as a Madness fan, but I definitely came out as one. The tour finishes on the 25th of November, so you have a month left to make sure you go see this brilliant show!
Reviewed by Ellie Devonshire
Photo: Adam Trigg