This Is My Family - New Wolsey Theatre

This Is My Family

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from Sheffield Theatres

A brand new musical from the writer of Calendar Girls, Our House and Neville’s Island.

Words and music by / Tim Firth

‘This is my family.’ That was the competition. All Nicky had to do was describe her family and she could win a dream holiday. Ok, so she lied through her teeth and made them all sound perfect, but who cares!? She won! She could take them to Rio! To Florida! Acapulco! Instead, fourteen year-old Nicky Perry chooses pretty much the last holiday her family were expecting…

This fast-moving, laugh-out-loud and hugely moving new musical from the writer of Calendar Girls goes to the heart of the question: what exactly is the point of family in the modern age?

‘sweet as a nut, funny, truthful, glorying in grumpy family love’ - The Times

***** The Sunday Express

Suitable for ages 12+

Cast & Creatives

Bill Champion — Steve

Bill’s theatre credits include Intimate Exchanges, A Chorus of Disapproval, I Ought to Be in Pictures, Haunting Julia, Love Songs for Shopkeepers (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); Woman in Mind (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough/ Vaudeville Theatre); Damsels in Distress Trilogy (Stephen Joseph Theatre,  Scarborough/West End); Design for Living, House & Garden (Salisbury Playhouse); Calendar Girls (Noël Coward Theatre); If I Were You (Library Theatre, Manchester); Season’s Greetings (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford); Wild Wild Women (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond); Comic Potential (West End); Alfie (Oldham Coliseum); Sunset Boulevard (The Really Useful Group Ltd.); Fame (Cambridge Theatre); Pickwick (Tour) and Cabaret (Bolton Octagon).

His television and film credits include Holby City, Return to Rose Abbey, Blitz, The Bill, Wallis and Edward, If..., Island At War, Messiah, Casualty, Bob Martin, Birds of a Feather, Rockcliffe’s Babies and Voice of the City – Irving Berlin at 100. 

Clare Burt — Yvonne

Clare’s theatre credits include London Road, The Miracle, DNA, Babygirl, Coram Boy, Sunday In The Park With George (National Theatre); Vernon God Little (Young Vic); Into The Woods, Company, Nine (Donmar Warehouse) and Now Your Know (Metropolitan Room NYC/ Pizza on the Park).

Her film credits include Broken, The Christmas Miracle, Scream for Help and The Dance of Shiva.

Television includes Top Boy 2, WPC 56, Criminal Justice, Company, M.I.T. and Wednesday at Eight.

Evelyn Hoskins — Nicky

Evelyn’s theatre credits include Secret Garden (Birmingham Rep); Peter Pan (US Tour); Microwave (National Theatre Studio); Light Princess (Workshop: National Theatre) and Spring Awakening (Lyric Hammersmith/West End).

Her television credits include Holby City, Casualty and Misfits.

Rachel Lumberg — Sian

Rachel trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Her theatre credits include The Full Monty (Lyceum Theatre/UK Tour); Dandy Dick (UK Tour); The Way of the World (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Calendar Girls (UK Tour); The Devil Inside Him (National Theatre, Wales); The Rise & Fall of Little Voice (Vaudeville Theatre); Cariad, Measure for Measure (Theatr Clwyd); Woyzeck (St Anne’s NY/The Gate); See How They Run (Salisbury Playhouse); Chatsky (Almeida/Tour); Peace In Our Time (Richmond Theatre/Tour); Katherine Howard (Chichester Festival); Between Mouthfuls (Mercury Theatre); Talent (Colchester & Palace Theatre, Watford); Mog (Soho Theatre) and The Girlfriend Experience (Royal Court).

Television credits include Wanted, Tears Before Bedtime, A Touch of Frost, The Accused, The Moonstone, Dance To The Music Of Time, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, Holby City, Casualty, New Tricks, Becoming Human, Doctors and Sunburn. Film credits include South Kensington, Get Me To The Crematorium On Time and Emma.

Her radio credits include Henry IV.

Terence Keeley —

Terence trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

His theatre credits include The Titanic Boys (The Grand Opera House, Belfast); Othello (Bruiser Theatre/Irish Tour); Beauty Queen of Leenane (Young Vic) and Dancing Shoes (Irish Tour).

Television credits include Titanic Blood And Steel and Heads Away Just Say. Radio credits include Good Man Yer’Da. Film credits include Puckoon.

Marjorie Yates —

Her theatre credits include Untold Stories (West Yorkshire Playhouse), A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg (Liverpool Everyman/Kingston), Orpheus Descending (Royal Exchange),  This Happy Breed, Another Door Closed (Theatre Royal Bath), Ahasverus (RSC/Hampstead), Origin Of The Species (Arcola), Twelfth Night, The Master Builder (RSC), Three Tall Women (Oxford Playhouse), Honeymoon (Royal Court), Star Quality (Apollo Theatre), The Daughter-in-Law (Young Vic), An Inspector Calls (Garrick Theatre), Stages (National Theatre), and The Glass Menagerie (Bristol Old Vic). For television, her work includes Cabbage and Pat, Above Suspicion, Massive, Shameless (as series regular Carol), Sons and Lovers, Danny’s Story, Annie’s Bar, Guardians, The Governor, Fighting for Gemma, Underbelly, Boon and June; and for film, Edge, The Long Day Closes, Soulboy, and Wetherby.

Daniel Evans — Director

Richard Kent — Designer

Caroline Humphris — Musical Director

David Plater — Lighting Designer

Nick Greenhill — Sound Designer

Lucy Hind — Movement Director

Jonathan O'Boyle — Associate Director

Reviews of This Is My Family

What the press say

Hugely enjoyable ★★★★

The Guardian

Tim Firth’s lively and life-affirming new musical comedy ★★★★

The Stage

What the public say

A musical masterpiece. The witty words and catchy melodies were incredibly cleverly written. The cast were outstanding in the delivery of continuos songs, energy and emotion. I particularly liked Nikky with endless passion and strong vocals and Matt for his brilliantly funny characterisation of a teenage boy. I thoroughly enjoyed This is my family and want to see it again!!

Jean Downes

What a great show! Really funny, fantastic voices, excellent evening's entertainment. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Patricia Presland

Amazing show, funny, heart warming and emotional. A true reflection of family life for some! Well worth seeing it! Excellent cast - very talented and entertaining.


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