Everybody’s talking about Jamie tells the story of Jamie New, a gay teenager at a northern comprehensive, who, platinum-blond cropped hair shining like a beacon, decides to make his name as a drag artist and disrupt the system by turning up at his school “prom” wearing a dress. His friends love it, his enemies want to hurt him, and his dad just wants to disown him.
It’s the story of an outsider who rocks the system in a provincial town and, against all prejudice, wins over right-thinking people.
Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield.
Jamie doesn’t quite fit in.
Jamie is terrified about the future.
Jamie is going to be a sensation.
Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.
Luke Bayer, Rebecca Mckinnis, Tamsin Carroll and Shobna Gulati lead a twenty-four strong company and an eight-piece band.
The story includes a bigoted father, a bullying classmate – but one of the most thrilling aspects is that there’s not really any adversity. Jamie, is such a force of nature that we know he can overcome all the attacks, the mockery and abuse. He’s bulletproof, as one character calls him.
For me the stand out moments are when Rebecca Mckinnis performs That’s my Boy in the 2nd Act, I had heard the song before performed at Magic at the Musicals, heard in context this brought tears to my eyes, it is so passionate and heartfelt. The other character that shone brightly was Pritti Patel played by Lucie Shorthouse who plays Jamie’s best friend.
The set is simple but really effective with the use of video, I love the way the stage set is changed with music and lights in the background.
Choreography is fabulous and music by Dan Gillespie Sells is fantastic.
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