Over the past few years the world has seen a major shift in the attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community with more and more people describing themselves as an ally, and proudly support the idea of love, in whatever shape that may come in.
Sadly in 2011, the world was a very different place. Society was generally less accepting and less understanding which led to many wonderful people feeling the need to hide or disguise their true selves.
Enter Jamie Campbell. In 2011 Jamie was banned from his school prom simply for the fact he’d planned to wear a dress. The story made headlines across the country and Jamie went on to become the subject of a BBC3 documentary, Jamie: Drag Queen at 16. His story and his bravery has inspired people everywhere to accept who they truly are, and has since inspired a smash hit musical.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie tells the story of a 16 year old boy from Sheffield who did the unthinkable, and dared to be himself.
“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”.
This musical is bold, it’s beautifully heart-warming and one which deserves years and years of success.
From the costumes to the casting to the brilliantly catchy and generally stunning score, this production is practically perfect.
One of my favourite things about this show is just how modern it is. From the staging and use of video technology, to the fact that Jamie’s story literally happened 8 years ago. This is a musical for the modern-day theatre fan and one which is finally inspiring fans all across the world to accept and celebrate their individuality.
If we’re going to describe this show as practically perfect, we’re going to need to think of a new word to describe its star, Layton Williams. Layton is fun, he’s fabulous and he’s fierce as hell. He’s a true superstar and was simply born to tell this story.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a truly wonderful musical and I cannot encourage you to go and see this beautiful show enough. My only regret is that it’s taken me this long to go and see exactly why Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is currently running at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue but will be heading out on its first UK Tour later this year.
For more information or to book tickets for either the West End production or the tour, head to the official Jamie website.
For more information on the UK tour such as casting and venues click here.
Review Date: 31/07/2019
Cast at the performance I attended: Layton Williams, Rebecca McKinnis, Bill Ward, Faye Tozer, Sejal Keshwala, Sabrina Sandhu, Alex Anstey, James Gillan, Daniel Jacob, Marlon G. Day, Luke Baker, Courtney Bowman, Ryan Hughes, Zahara Jones, Emily Kenwright, Luke Latchman, Jordan Laviniere, Harriet Payne and Ziggy Tyler Taylor.
Images courtesy of Google Images.