This Is My Family

Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  3w, 1m, 1girl(s), 1boy(s)

Book and music by Tim Firth
Arrangements and Orchestrations by Caroline Humphris

Winner of the 2013 UK Theatre Award for Best Musical, this hilarious musical comedy, which moves seamlessly between speech and song, is a celebration of the lifelong adventure that is family love.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3w, 1m, 1girl(s), 1boy(s)
  • Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
  • Winner! 2013 UK Theatre Award for Best Musical
This Is My Family



Imagine you’re a spirited 13-year-old and you’ve won – actually won – a magazine competition to describe your family. The prize is a dream holiday for the lot of you, anywhere in the world.

Except... Nicky’s family isn’t the blissfully happy bunch she’s described. More like the contestants in a gladiatorial arena, in fact. Where on earth can she take them that might make her wishful thinking a reality?

Winner of the 2013 UK Theatre Award for Best Musical, this hilarious musical comedy, which moves seamlessly between speech and song, is a celebration of the lifelong adventure that is family love.

Cast Attributes
NICKY – 13, a spirited, porous and consequently astute daughter. (F3-D5)
STEVE – 40, a dad of infinite ideas and little practical skill but huge optimism. (A2-F4)
YVONNE – 39, what a woman ends up like if she’s grown up with Steve and has survived due to an wry sense of humour. (E3-C5)
MATT – 17, a son yet to become happy in his own skin, and currently defining himself via clothing and eyeliner. (A2-G4)
MAY – a gran slightly losing sight of how she too was once a woman of immense humour and driven angry by it. (D3-C5)
SIAN – 42, Yvonne’s chaotic, irrepressible, voluble older sister. (C3-C5)
  • Time Period Present Day
  • Setting Act I; any house in any town.
    Act II; any forest in any county.
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • Strong Language


"This terrifically funny musical is a triumph" – The Guardian

"Every song in this hugely enjoyable production, centred on a family camping holiday, has a ring of truth to it." – The Observer

"The timing is almost perfect and the music, harmonic and multilayered, is engaging." – The Times

"A down-to-earth delight of a musical." - The Telegraph


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Act I

1. “This Is My Family” – Steve, May, Nicky & Yvonne
2. “Smile” – Yvonne, Steve, Nicky & Sian
2a. Transitions – Orchestra
3. “Falling In Love At Sixteen” – Yvonne, Steve & Nicky
4. “What Can I Say?” – Yvonne
5. “OK, God” – Yvonne
6. “Disneyland” – Nicky
7. “Sex” – Sian, Yvonne & Nicky
8. “There’s A Small Light Burning” – Nicky & May
9. “Vancouver” – Nicky
10. “Rockery” – Yvonne
11. “Teenage Boys” – Steve
12. “France” – Matt & Nicky
13. “There’s A Small Light Burning (Reprise)” – May
14. “Same Thing Twice” – Yvonne, May & Nicky
15. “Abu Dhabi” – Steve & Matt
16. “Things Men Don’t Say” – Nicky
16a. “List of Instructions” – Yvonne
17. “Unfamiliar” – Angle May
18. “Zante” – Sian, Yvonne & Nicky
19. “Act 1 Finale” – Nicky, Yvonne, Steve, Matt & Sian

Act II

20. “This Is My Holiday” – Nicky, Yvonne & Steve
21. “There’s A Face / List of Instructions” – May & Yvonne
21a. “David/Rachel!” – Steve, Nicky & Matt
22. “OK, God/Rachel/Family” – Yvonne, Matt & Nicky
22a. “Teenage Dads” – Matt & Steve
22b. “Sandpit” – May
22c. “List of Instructions for Being a Mum” – Yvonne
23. “Punctual” – May
24. “Orienteering / Tonight” – Matt, May & Sian
25. “The Very First Time” – Yvonne, Steve & Nicky
26. “Royal Assortment” – Steve & Yvonne
27. “Tell The Truth Now (Do I Know You?)” – Yvonne, Steve, Matt & Nicky
28. “It Wasn’t The Fault of the Star / Carve Us In This Tree” – Yvonne & May
29. “Last Man Standing” – Steve, Yvonne & Nicky
30. “Lanterns / Madagascar” – Nicky
31. “Garden Shed” – Nicky, Steve, Sian, Yvonne & Matt

  • Dance Requirements None
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra Size Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size No Chorus

Licensing & Materials

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Tim Firth

Tim Firth's theatre credits include Greatest Days, Now Is Good (UK Theatre nomination best musical) This Is My Family (Sheffield Crucible, UK Theatre Award Best New Musical), Neville's Island (Nottingham Playhouse and West End, Evening Standard & Olivier nomination, MEN Award ...

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