There is an immutable truth that when times are hard we turn to musicals as a way of relieving, albeit briefly, the stresses and strains of daily life. That being said, we at the Queen's Theatre in Hornchurch have always included at least one musical per season as part of our overall artistic strategy – whether times are good, bad or indifferent – as it plays to the strengths of our resident company of actor-musicians.

If I'm being perfectly candid, economics closer to home have also played a part in choosing to revive They're Playing Our Song in so far as it is a full-blown musical but features only two main characters. We feel that despite the relatively small cast, plus a few surprises, the piece still fulfils the expectations required of a "feel-good" musical and, under the expert creative guidance of our musical director Greg Last, packs a "big" musical punch.

In addition, the story features a composer who plays the piano and whilst other revivals have "mimed" the piano parts we have, in Dan De Cruz, an actor with virtuoso playing skills which again informed the choice of They're Playing Our Song as it can showcase the talents we have within our company cut to the chase...

The show was written in the late 1970s and, although we've updated it slightly to the early 80s, I think the period will have a nostalgic charm for our audience as well has having a more universal themeatic resonance, in that it follows a creative couple trying to work out have to have both a working and loving relationship without the one damaging the other.

That remains an interesting conundrum especially as our two main actors are a couple in real life (whatever that is!) In the final analysis it still adheres to the classic "Boy meets Girl" formula that has served the musical genre so well for many years and will continue to do so for many more and – just as importantly – contains some cracking tunes.