Morley Academy’s Madness-themed production plays to full (Our) House

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Talented Morley Academy pupils have paid tribute to the influences of 1980s band Madness in their latest school production.

Performers from year seven all the way through to the sixth form appeared in the musical Our House, written by Tim Firth.

The homage to Madness’s pop/ska songs saw the young actors entertain their audience with renditions of It Must Be Love, Baggy Trousers and Welcome to the House of Fun.

The lead role was taken by Connor Baldwin as London teenager Joe Casey, who breaks into a building site to impress love interest Sarah, played by Lois Horsfall. George Kelly and Natalie Cave were cast as Joe’s parents.

Caught by the police, the script follows Joe’s dilemma as he chooses his path in life. The pair had support from Jonathan Harvey, Jacob Birch and Callum Nelson as Joe’s mates, and Georgia Tetley, April Pendery, Maddie McGawley and Hollie Price as Lois’s friends.

The groups of teen pals provided plenty of tomfoolery and light relief, while Joe and Sarah’s duet of It Must Be Love pulled at their audience’s heartstrings.

Morley Academy’s performing arts team, led by Mrs Miller, Mr Condry, Miss Hughes and Mrs Freeman, congratulated the cast on their successful performances and their effort and commitment in rehearsals. The school also wishes to thank supporters Sir John Townsley and Mrs Griffiths for their continued help with the creative subjects.