Madness musical Our House coming to Hertford Theatre stage

PUBLISHED: 11:30 12 October 2014 | UPDATED: 11:30 12 October 2014

The cast of Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society's production of Our House [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

The cast of Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society's production of Our House [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Steve Beeston

Madness musical Our House is coming to the stage in Hertford.

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Fancy a spot of Madness? Then go and see Our House in Hertford from Tuesday.

This month’s Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society (HD&OS) production at Hertford Theatre is Our House, a musical by Tim Firth, with music and lyrics by Madness.

The show is based around the slapstick, comically endearing music of the famous 1980s band.

The talented HD&OS cast exudes energy, vitality and youthful exuberance, bringing the famously fun-loving hits of Suggs and the Nutty Boys to life, along with a plot that cleverly combines hilarious teenage moments with thoughtful poignancy.

For those who remember singing along to those zany pop classics Baggy Trousers, Driving in My Car, House of Fun and the title tune, Our House, this will be a trip down memory lane.

For those too young to remember, it’s an opportunity to find out why Madness became such a legendary band and even now, 30 years later, are still touring and releasing new material.

On a balmy summer’s evening in London’s Camden Town, Joe Casey is out on his 16th birthday with his dream date Sarah.

Unable to resist showing off, he breaks into a newly-built apartment block and gets caught. While waiting for the police to arrive, Joe must choose between staying to face the music and making a run for it.

At this point his character divides into two – Good Joe and Bad Joe – and the action-packed plot follows both these stories.

The HD&OS cast all live in Hertford, Ware, Welwyn Garden City and the surrounding area, and many perform with a number of other local theatre companies, including the Barn, Broxbourne Theatre Club and EHOS.

Two of the principal members have strong WGC links.

Steve Wiley, who has lived in Knightsfield for the past seven years, plays the part of lowlife Reecey.

He studied music in WGC and has been heavily involved in various Herts music groups over the years.

WGC-born Will Smith takes on the role of Emmo, one of Joe Casey’s two closest mates.

Away from HD&OS, Will is heavily involved with The Barn Theatre Club, both on and off stage, and later this year will be playing Bob Cratchit in the Barn’s production of A Christmas Carol The Musical.

Our House is directed by Darren Jones, with choreography by Alison Latchford, set design and build by Clive Barton, and Andy Merrifield as musical director.

It is a great opportunity to see an award-winning musical and enjoy some time-honoured pop.

Ticket prices range from £13.50 to £18.

The show runs from Tuesday, October 14 to Saturday, October 18 at 7.30pm, with a matinee at 3pm on the Saturday.

* Call the Hertford Theatre box office on 01992 531500 or book online at

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