This amateur production is presented by arrangement with MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL (Europe).

Sandwell Academy Presents...

The music of British band, Madness, is the basis for the story of Our House, following the life of Joe Casey, a teenager from NW5.

Our House follows the story of London lad Joe Casey (Lauren Parchment and Cieran Nixon). On the night of his sixteenth birthday, an over-excited Joe takes Sarah (Grace Turner, Cara McCubbin, Jodie Rhoden), the girl of his dreams, out for a romantic evening. On a whim, he breaks into a new building development near his house to show Sarah the view over north London. When the police come, Joe faces a tough decision: to run, or give himself up. It is at this point that the story splits in two as we follow the fortunes, and misfortunes, of Good Joe and Bad Joe. Good Joe stays, hands himself over to the police and faces imprisonment and social embarrassment,. However Bad Joe flees, leaving Sarah alone, and turning his lucky escape into a high-risk future in illegal business. Once released from juvenile detention, Good Joe fights to keep Sarah as she drifts further away from him, caught up in university life. Meanwhile Bad Joe gets in with old school friend Reecey (Grace-Tenesha Yonkeu Heunga, Alisia Haywood, Kelsey Hall) and becomes a successful, if dishonest, businessman in property development . He meets Sarah once more and she is bowled over by his new, confident lifestyle. Swept away, Sarah marries Bad Joe in Las Vegas (accompanied by Wings of a Dove) but soon lives to regret her decision. Meanwhile, Good Joe struggles to earn an honest living and must accept that Sarah has a new life and a new boyfriend. But when his beloved Casey Street is threatened with demolition, he turns to Sarah once more in her new role as a lawyer and the pair rekindle their love.

The two differing paths of Joe Casey's future are carefully watched over by Joe's deceased father (played by David Boi and Edson Nesbett), who regrets his own criminal choices that saw him neglect his family. As the parallel worlds of Good and Bad Joe Casey head towards an explosive climax, we find out which decision the 16-year-old Joe made--to turn his back on a life of crime and do the right thing.

The show features 96 Sandwell Academy Performers, all from Key Stage 4 and 5. The lead roles have been allocated form a range of year groups, all working together with a live professional band, lighting designer and sound technician to ensure the best possible performances are produced.

Synopsis adapted from Stage Agent.

By Tim Firth

Music and Lyrics by Madness

Orchestrations by Steve Sidwell

Musical Supervisor, Vocal Arrangements and Additional Material: Phil Batemen

Directed and Choreographed by Anna Dickenson

Tuesday 27 February

Lauren Parchment
Nnenna Ewin
Hannah Kennel
Jodie Rhoden
Hannah Okford
Alexandra Loydon
Alisha Verma
David Boi
Sophie Green
Kelsey Hall

Wednesday 28 February

Cieran Nixon
Charlie Jew
Myles Minto-Samuels
Cara McCubbin
Chloe Parkes
Emily Cartwright
Leah Hancock
Edson Nesbett
Steph Owusu
Grace-Tenesha Yonkeu Heunga

Thursday 1 March

Lauren Parchment
Nnenna Ewin
Tiffany Speake
Grace Turner
Emily Plant
Timar Foster
Priya Dhap
David Boi
Deborah Mpofu Manyanda
Alisia Haywood

Performing Arts

Performance Dates

  • Tues 27 February: Tickets Available
  • Wed 28 February: Tickets Available
  • Thurs 1 March: Tickets Available

Tickets: Children £4 Adults £5

Please purchase your tickets at Reception.

Performances will take place in the Theatre and will start at 7pm.