It's an extraordinary show which promises more than a hint of Madness.
But then what would you expect from House Of Fun, the hit show with music and lyrics from Madness.
Named after one of the band’s most popular songs, Our House, the show burst on to the West End more than 10 years ago.
Now you can see it in Halifax with Huddersfield actor Colin Harris, 54, who steps into the shoes of Madness icon Suggs to play the father of main character, Joe.
Halifax Amateur Operatic Society’s production of this witty musical runs at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax from September 11-14.
At its heart is the character of Joe Casey and the two different directions his life takes based on a choice he makes on his 60th birthday.
Colin Harris, one of Huddersfield’s best-known performers, takes the role of Joe’s deceased father.
The paternalistic side of the character is something Colin, 54 and a father of two, identifies with perfectly. The former semi-pro rugby league player is also well-known in local cricket circles.
A man of many talents, he’s taken leading roles across the region spanning over 40 years playing some of the best known and loved characters in musicals.
These include his NODA Award winning performance as Bobby in Me and My Girl, Arthur Kipps in Half A Sixpence, Don Lockwood in Singing In The Rain, Thomas Andrews in Titanic and Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mocking Bird where he appeared opposite his daughter Jodie, who is now 17.
But it is perhaps the title role in Barnum for which Colin has the most affection.
It was a challenging role and one he worked hard at even during his lunchtimes while working as a carpet fitter.
“I found myself attaching the high wire I had to walk across, between two large rolls of carpet at work in my dinner break to practice”. Not the activity of your regular carpet fitter!
See this fun show next week. Box office is on 01422351158.