Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Joy and madness at Gable Hall’s Our House

By Lucy Chipperfield

Once again the students from Gable Hall Secondary School showcased their outstanding talents in their latest production of ‘Our House’.

It was clear that all of the students involved within this production had worked incredibly hard to tackle what was a very complex narrative. Nevertheless, their efforts were certainly rewarded by creating a truly captivating and thoroughly entertaining performance which celebrated the music of ‘Madness’.

‘Our House’ followed the life of Joe Casey who, on the night of his sixteenth birthday, takes Sarah, the girl of his dreams, out on their first date. In an effort to impress her, he breaks into a building site overlooking his home on Casey Street. Unfortunately, Joe’s romantic gesture is cut short by the arrival of the police and suddenly Joe has to decide whether to stay and own up to his crime, or flee. It is at this point that the narrative splits into two and the audience then journey through the opposing lives of Good Joe (who stayed) and Bad Joe (who left).

The character of Joe Casey is without doubt the most demanding role I have ever seen. I imagine having one character to perform is enough to contend with, but having to simultaneously juggle two performances of the same character but both with opposing personas is an incredible challenge. However, Daniel White’s energy, determination and natural talent ensured he rose to the challenge and resulted in two brilliant performances. In addition, Chloe Driscoll’s performance of Sarah, worked very well with Daniel’s portrayal of Joe and she certainly wowed the audience with her superb solo vocal performances!

A further excellent contribution to ‘Our House’ was the comical trio of Joe’s friends. Lewis (played by Connor Allen), Emmo (played by Jack Cowen) and Reecey (played by Morgan Robertson) were endlessly entertaining and provided bursts of laughter throughout the play. The energy, enthusiasm and fun that they displayed on stage was admirable and truly enjoyable to watch.

Alongside Joe were many other actors who helped to create this impressive production. Kath Casey (played by Charlotte Smith), Joe’s Dad (played by Charley Kew), Billie (played by Favour Adetunji), Angie (played by Brooke Lammiman), Mr Pressman (played by Rhys Lane), Heather (played by Georgia Robertson) and the dancers/choir all added to the excellent performance. From beginning to end, I was enchanted by the talent, enthusiasm and team work which was showcased on stage and I suspect a lot of talent will emerge from Gable Hall – so watch this space!!

Congratulations to all!!

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