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This is my Family - Sheffield Lyceum Theatre

Published by: Paul Tyree on 16th Oct 2014 | View all blogs by Paul Tyree

 

 

Review by Paul Tyree

 

This is my Family is one of those rarest of theatrical creatures in that it makes you feel comfortable and familiar but also hugely excited as well. It manages to convey the mundane in a way that lifts your spirits to such an extent that you begin to question your take on reality or at least how you see your own life.

 

This is my Family is the story of Nicky, a young girl living in a disfunctionally functional family of a mum and dad and older teenage brother. Their arguments are exactly the same as the ones you will have had in your own family. They reek of cliché and yet are no less important and meaningful and funny for that.

 

When their grandmother comes to stay the stresses on the family increase and when Nicky wins a family holiday she decides to take her mother and father back to the place where they met in order to rekindle their love.

 

This is my Family features some wonderful songs that really stick in your memory long after you’ve heard them and for a new musical that’s no mean feat. The writing is superb throughout and always wonderfully funny and true and the performances are top notch. It would be wrong to single out one of the actors as they truly are a fantastic company that all perform superbly.

 

There is a small caveat to my high praise as the success that this show has already had and the move to the Lyceum has understandably distanced the audience and therefore some of the intimacy that was created when performed at the Crucible studio is lost. However, all of the performers have become even more polished and the show has achieved a slickness and professionalism that more than makes up for the understandable distancing that success has created. This is a show that deserves a larger audience to enjoy it and in a newly refurbished Lyceum this show is the perfect opener for the Lyceum’s theatre’s re-launch.


Below is my previous review of this most marvellous of shows.


http://www.uktheatre.net/magazine/read/this-is-my-family---at-sheffields-crucible-studio_1938.html


Fri 17 Oct 7:45pm   £18.00 - £24.00* Book Tickets
Sat 18 Oct 3:00pm   £16.00 - £22.00* Book Tickets
Sat 18 Oct 7:45pm   £18.00 - £24.00*

UK Tour 2014

Royal & Derngate, Northampton
Tue 21 – Sat 25 October
royalandderngate.co.uk
Box Office 01604 624 811

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Tue 28 October – Sat 1 November
belgrade.co.uk
Box Office 024 7655 3055

Liverpool Playhouse
Tue 4 – Sat 8 November
everymanplayhouse.co.uk
Box Office 0151 709 4776

The New Wolsey, Ipswich
Tue 11 – Sat 15 November
wolseytheatre.co.uk
Box Office 01473 295 900

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