6-10 May 2014
Reviewed by Catherine Joyce
We visited The Lowry Theatre in Salford, Manchester to see Our House by All Saints Musical Productions. The theatre is very easy to get to as it is just off the motorway and there is plenty of parking in the large multi-storey car park next to the theatre. If you eat in one of the restaurants at The Lowry Centre you can park for free, otherwise it costs around £5.50. The theatre is lovely and clean and all the staff are helpful and friendly. All the seats have a good view of the stage and there is ample leg room. We visited on a night when Manchester United were playing which added a least half an hour to our journey so it is worth checking The Lowry’s website before you visit as they do highlight match nights and advise to leave extra time to get to the theatre.
Our House follows the early life and decisions of Joe Casey (Matt Concannon), a sixteen year old from Camden Town. In an effort to impress his girlfriend Sarah (Tori Green) Joe breaks into an apartment on a building site, unfortunately for him the police arrive and he needs to make a decision… The story now splits into two very different tales, following the fortunes of Bad Joe and Good Joe. Bad Joe wears black and we see how he tramples over people to get what he wants whereas Good Joe wears white and after facing up to his mistakes tries to live a better life and put his mistakes behind him.
This is a musical based around the music of Madness, but rather than shoehorning a plot to fit the lyrics of the songs, the story comes first and would stand up on its own as a regular play. The song lyrics were very cleverly incorporated into the dialogue with some spoken lyrics and other numbers sung in conversation style. It is presented by a large cast with a number of “major” characters and a sizeable chorus. Every role was well portrayed, highlights for me being Tori Green as Sarah who had a fantastic voice and Rob Haslam as Joe’s Dad who narrated the story from the grave.
Having such a large cast must have made co-ordinating the dancing a nightmare but the choreographer, Hannah Davis has done an amazing job. The dancing was full of energy and all the cast seemed to be having a great time on stage.
We thoroughly enjoyed the musical and loved hearing all the old Madness hits and would certainly recommend it.
Tickets cost from £15 to £17 (includes £2 booking fee).
For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | Box Office 0843 208 6000