Madness musical at Bilton School

Students at Bilton High School, pictured during reversals for Our House
Students at Bilton High School, pictured during reversals for Our House

Our House it has a crowd, there’s always something happening...

That will very much be the case when Bilton School embarks on its production of Tim Firth’s acclaimed musical Our House, featuring the music of 80s ska/pop band Madness.

Head of performing arts John Harrison, a former Bilton pupil, is no stranger to large scale productions, coming as he does from Lyng Hall School in Coventry where their last venture was Hairspray. He said: “The kids have been amazing. We had around 100 turn up for auditions last September and we have a cast of more than 30 which includes a band.

“The idea is to promote the talents of our pupils. We have a lot of gifted pupils here who deserve that sort of spotlight.”

Ben Riley, who is in year 11, plays the lead part of Joe Casey, faced with a decision of which path to take in life. Trying to impress the girl of his dreams, he breaks into a building development but things take a turn for the worse as the police turn up. Joe’s life splits into two: the Good Joe who gives himself up and Bad Joe who flees and leaves her to run from the police.

John said: “There is a serious message that life is what you make of it. It’s about making the right decisions for the right reasons. It’s a modern day musical and part of it was for us to engage with young people and their parents at the same time.

“We are in final rehearsals now and its getting to the scary stage but the pupils have been incredible and it shows the school wants to develop performing arts – we have got a lot of talent here.

The show runs from January 28 to 30 starting at 7pm. Tickets are available by calling 01788 840600 , ext 230. They are £5 and £3 for concessions.