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This Is My Family! - At Sheffield's Crucible Studio

Published by: Paul Tyree on 25th Jun 2013 | View all blogs by Paul Tyree

This is My Family

Crucible Studio - Wed 19 June – Sat 20 July

Written by Tim Firth

Sian Phillips (May) & Evelyn Hoskins (Nicky), This Is My Family at the Crucible Studio Theatre. Photo Keith Pattison.jpg

This is My Family is the musical story of a family seen through the eyes of Nicky their 13yr old daughter. With a stressed Mum and a Dad in the full blown throws of a mid-life crisis, a 17yr old brother desperately in love and going through his moody Gothic truculent phase and a Nan with early signs of dementia this isn't what you would call your typical musical.

Tim Firth, of Calendar Girls fame has here constructed a modern day musical pitched perfectly to tug at the heart strings of anyone that's ever been in a relationship, or indeed young, (in other words all of us).
It's wonderfully insightful, hugely funny and ultimately very moving indeed. Tim Firth, the Writer and Daniel Evans the director have every right to be proud of themselves for this fantastic addition to Sheffield's theatrical cannon.

All of the cast perform suberbly and combined with music that runs throughout the entire show their timing is immaculate. Special mention must also go to the musicians that performed at the side of the stage as at a 2hr running time playing music constantly for that amount of time and to be note perfect is no mean feat indeed.

Bill Champion and Clare Burt as the Mum and Dad rediscovering their affections for each other are both hilarious and moving at the same time. Terence Keeley as their teenage son is also brilliant in the role with a mightily impressive voice to boot. Special mention however must go to Evelyn Hoskins as Nicky the 13yr old daughter. She manages to ideally convey the spirit of the part she plays and yet be the calm at the centre of the storm as her brother, mother, dad and nan whirl around her.

Finally and most beautifully is the part Sian Phillips plays as the Nan. This is an acting masterclass if ever there was one. Understated, moving, hilariously funny and heartbreakingly real this performance is worth the price of the ticket on its own.

There was a real electricity in the Crucible Studio last night that built and built as we the audience realised that we were witnessing something very special indeed. These plays and performances do not come around very often and it truly was a priledge to be there at the start of a musical that could very easily go on to become the next phenomenon.

I really cannot praise this highly enough, so do yourself a favour and come to Sheffield's Crucible to witness the beginning of something that I have no doubt is going to just run and run. Exemplary!

Sian Phillips as May in This Is My Family at the Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield. Photo credit Keith Pattison.jpg

   
Tue 25 Jun 7:45pm   £15.00* Book Tickets
Wed 26 Jun 7:45pm   £15.00* Book Tickets
Thu 27 Jun 2:15pm   £13.00* Book Tickets
Thu 27 Jun 7:45pm   £15.00* Book Tickets
Fri 28 Jun 7:45pm   £15.00* Book Tickets
Sat 29 Jun 2:15pm   £13.00* Book Tickets
Sat 29 Jun 7:45pm   £18.00* Book Tickets
Tue 2 Jul 7:45pm   £15.00* Book Tickets
Wed 3 Jul 7:45pm   £15.00* Book Tickets
Thu 4 Jul 2:15pm   £13.00* Book Tickets
Thu 4 Jul 7:45pm Signed £15.00* Book Tickets
Fri 5 Jul 7:45pm   £15.00* Book Tickets
Sat 6 Jul 2:15pm   £13.00* Book Tickets
Sat 6 Jul 7:45pm   £18.00* Book Tickets
Tue 9 Jul 7:45pm Talkback £15.00* Book Tickets
Wed 10 Jul 7:45pm   £15.00* Book Tickets
Thu 11 Jul 2:15pm   £13.00* Book Tickets
Thu 11 Jul 7:45pm   £15.00* Book Tickets
Fri 12 Jul 7:45pm   £15.00* Book Tickets
Sat 13 Jul 2:15pm   £13.00* Book Tickets
Sat 13 Jul 7:45pm   £18.00* Book Tickets
Tue 16 Jul 7:45pm   £15.00* Book Tickets
Wed 17 Jul 7:45pm   £15.00* Book Tickets
Thu 18 Jul 2:15pm   £13.00* Book Tickets
Thu 18 Jul 7:45pm   £15.00* Book Tickets
Fri 19 Jul 7:45pm   £15.00* Book Tickets
Sat 20 Jul 2:15pm   £13.00* Book Tickets
Sat 20 Jul 7:45pm   £18.00* Book Tickets

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