Photos: Minchin & Fry join Suggs at Our House partyDate: 12 November 2012
Yesterday (11 November 2012) we took nearly 50 Whatsonstage.com theatregoers to the Savoy theatre for the gala concert performance of Our House, the musical written by Tim Firth based on the music of Madness.
Held on Remembrance Sunday in aid of Help for Heroes, the gala concert marked the tenth anniversary of the show, which was first staged at the Cambridge Theatre.
Featuring some of Madness' most memorable songs including "Our House", "Baggy Trousers", "My Girl", "Embarrassment", "The Sun and The Rain", "Driving In My Car" and "It Must Be Love", the show is about Joe Casey, who becomes involved in petty crime, and follows the different directions his life could have taken.
The gala concert was directed by original director Matthew Warchus and featured Madness frontman Suggs as Joe's Dad. Original cast member Tameka Empson reprised her role of Billie, and other original cast joined in including Matt Cross, Paul Kemble and Gavin Wilkinson. Other cast members included Chris Carswell as Joe, Miria Parvin as Sarah, Wendi Peters as Joe's mum, Alistair McGowan, Jack Shalloo, David Fynn and Jenny Fitzpatrick.
After the show, Suggs spoke on stage to thank all of the people who have been involved with the show. Director Matthew Warchus - who has since helmed award-winning shows such as Matilda and Ghost - then talked about the short (ten-day) rehearsal process that the concert had had and thanked all of the cast.
Original Joe and Sarah Michael Jibson and Julia Gay then presented their counterparts Chris Carswell and Miria Parvin with flowers. Finally book writer Tim Firth spoke about his enjoyment of the show, and thanked all of the cast, crew and production team.
Guests at the after-show party included Tim Minchin, Stephen Fry, Julie Atherton, Steven Webb as well as many of the cast members.