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Sheer Madness as record breakers go one step beyond

Madness musical breaks world record Photo: Tendring District Council

Most world record breakers stage a celebration but for a group of Essex youngsters - they went One Step Beyond.

Tendring-based Youth Theatre Performerz hold the record for the fastest time ever to stage a theatrical production.

The group, in association with MRL Productions and the Princes Theatre, Clacton, produced and performed the romantic musical comedy Our House in just 22 hours.

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We had asked them to come back to the Princes but they did not know why,” he said. “They were ecstatic to discover they had done it - and were now the proud holders of a new world record.

“Although they had beaten the previous time in April we still had to wait for all the evidence to be checked and verified to ensure we had kept to all the rules.

– Neil Whitfield

The previous record was held by the cast and crew of Dundee University Musical Society who performed Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in Dundee in 2003 in a time of 23 hours and 30 minutes after first receiving the script.