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Madness set to invade the stage - at an Elland School

Pupils at Brooksbank school stage top musical

They wowed the crowds when they appeared on top of Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations.

And now Madness are set to raise the roof at an Elland school - as youngsters prepare to perform a show based on the pop group’s hits.

Members of Brooksbank School are this week staging their version of the musical Our House. The show, featuring classic hits from the ska legends including Baggy Trousers, Driving in My Car and It Must Be Love, is based on the original West End production.

Around 80 pupils from Year 7 through to the sixth form have spent months rehearsing for their opening night this week.

And - proving the enduring popularity of the group led by Suggs - many were able to name their tunes from the start.

Lee Firth, the school’s marketing and events coordinator, said: “It’s hard to ignore Madness no matter what your age.

“They performed recently on the rooftop of Buckingham Palace and I think most people know of.

“They are a bit of an iconic group and the children did already know songs like Baggy Trousers.

“I’m sure there will be some toe-tapping and singing along from the parents in the audience too!”

Performances take place at the school from Tuesday (Feb 9) until Thursday.

The whole school has been involved in the production, from the teachers taking up their positions and instruments in the live band to the design and technology department who created the set and lighting.

The action is rooted in London’s Camden Town, illustrated for the school production with a backdrop of street and Underground signs.

The plot centres around Joe Casey who plans a swanky first date in an apartment which he has broken into.

When the police turn up Joe’s life splits into two - Good Joe who stays to face the consequences and Bad Joe who runs off and embarks on a life of crime.

Mrs Firth added: “It’s quite a complex plot, when the character splits into two we have two boys playing the lead role.

“But it’s light-hearted as all the way through it’s punctuated with the Madness songs.

“It’s very colourful and the pupils seem to have really enjoyed themselves.

“They’ve had to act, sing and perform on musical instruments and they’ve done really well.”

Tickets are available via the school’s website or on the door.



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