A birthday treat, with my gorgeous daughter, to see “Everyone’s talking about Jamie”
Tom MacRae and Dan Gillespie Sells’ new musical is a funny, feel good story with a big heart and an important, timely message. Inspired by the 2011 BBC Three documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, it follows the story of Jamie New, a gay teenager living in Yorkshire, who cherishes dreams of performing in drag and is determined to attend his high school prom wearing a dress.
Jonathan Butterell’s production, at The Apollo, Shaftsbury Avenue stars John McCrea as the Jamie everyone is talking about, and boasts a score written by Dan Gillespie Sells, front man of pop band The Feeling.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a true crowd-pleaser, an upbeat, layered, coming-of-age story that will resonate with anyone who has ever wondered what on earth they should do with their life. There’s swearing, selfies, rapping and pop-culture references, not to mention some snappy one-liners! What makes it so irresistible is that it doesn’t only talk about Jamie, many of the characters are trapped by circumstance and expectation — even the onstage band is symbolically encased in a soulless breezeblock box. It’s about finding the courage to be yourself, but it’s also about the love you need on the way.