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Our House (Susan Elkin reviews)

Our House continues at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley until 28 October and then tours until 25 November.

Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩

Creating a 1980s jukebox (ish) musical from Madness’ hilarious, sparkily observed, high octane songs seems an unlikely proposition. Yet, with Tim Firth’s poignant, perceptive, thoughtful book, and directed by James Tobias, it works quite well.

There are puzzles, though. Why, for example, at a moment of poignant drama towards the end do we get a variation of ‘Three Blind Mice’ played on a quasi-church organ? Why do we need quite so much rotating of front doors on stage flats?

At the centre of the plot is the titular house which Kath Casey …

Read the rest of this review at Musical Theatre Review http://musicaltheatrereview.com/our-house-churchill-theatre-bromley-and-touring/

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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