Actors at home in Our House!

Carney Nash summer school Our House
Carney Nash summer school Our House
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Youngsters from South Yorkshire came together in Sheffield to put together a musical showcase in just four days.

A cast of 40, ranging in age from eight to 21, performed a shortened version of the Madness musical Our House for an enthusiastic audience of families at The Montgomery studio space in Sheffield city centre.

They had been working on the show from scratch during a one-week theatre summer school organised by the Carney Academy theatre school, which is now based at The Montgomery in Surrey Street.

Some of the young people are members of the academy and some came for the week.

Performers came from Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Worksop.

Academy founder and director Ruth Carney-Nash said: “I am incredibly proud. I can’t believe what they’ve achieved this week.

“It’s our first summer school with this age – we’ve done them before for adults – and it’s the first thing we’ve done here.”

The show’s musical director was the academy’s regular singing teacher, Andrew Griffiths. Sheffield-born Andrew has worked on musical tours including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Evita.

Richard Roe joined the crew as choreographer. He worked as associate choreographer on The Wizard of Oz in London and Canada, appeared in Sweet Charity in the West End and was the dance captain for the hit Lord of The Rings at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, which Ruth also worked on.

Ruth, who is a freelance theatre director, has worked on several West End hit musicals and plays and was an associate director at Sheffield Theatres in the season when the Crucible reopened after its recent makeover. She directed Sisters and Confessions of a City at the Crucible.

She stepped down as the artistic director of the Lantern Theatre in Nether Edge in January to concentrate on the academy.

She said: “Our aim is to give professional training in Sheffield, giving the young people the chance to work with theatre professionals.”