Hailsham Community College Performing Arts returns to the Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne from February 11-14 with its dynamic production of the hit musical ‘Our House’, based on the iconic songs of Madness.
2011 saw this talented group bring the hugely successful On One Day to Eastbourne ... now they’re back and hoping to bring the house down!
This family show is jam-packed with fun and allows the talent of Hailsham’s young people to be seen on the professional stage.
The group first presented the show at school in July and was prompted by the Principal, Phil Matthews, to venture further afield and give the students a second opportunity to experience the whirlwind excitement of presenting a production in the theatre.
Nearly 100 students are involved in the project. Musicians, performers, singers, actors, and backstage technicians will be working together as a team to make the event as successful as possible.
If it’s anything like Hailsham Community College’s last adventure at the Devonshire Park Theatre, it will prove to be an everlasting memory for those involved and those watching.
Mr Matthews said, “This is such an exciting project. We are extremely grateful to the Devonshire Park Theatre for allowing us this opportunity. We have such a wealth of talent at Hailsham Community College, it gives me great pleasure to share it with a wider audience.”
Our House, which takes its title from one of Madness’s hit singles, premiered at The Cambridge Theatre in 2002 and was the winner of the Olivier award for Best New Musical the following year.
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 in to 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 in 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.
It’s watched over by Joe’s deceased father, who pulls the two stories together.