Young Ambassador on Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Our Young Ambassador Sam McElhattan gives his thoughts on the 'phenomenal' Everybody's Talking About Jamie.

'When I heard a brand new musical was being premiered in Sheffield I wanted to see it straight away. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie depicts 16 year-old Sheffield boy Jamie's dream of performing as a drag queen, set just before the start of the GCSE exam season. If you're not right behind him by the end of the opening number then you ought to go back to school yourself!

It's a powerful blend of sharp, hysterical one-liners and hard-hitting emotional moments - it's definitely a show that deals with poignant themes that are massively important now. It's even more incredible when you know that this is a true story – based on the documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16 (2011). The music is a colour wheel of high-energy numbers that you'll be humming for the next week (I know I have) and heartfelt ballads (so bring a tissue or two). The performances are phenomenal, too many great ones to mention, but I will say look out for Jamie's mother Margaret.

I was lucky enough to go on the night of a talkback after the show, which was so interesting as the audience were able to find out more from the director, writers, lead actor and the real Jamie and his mother - as well as the writing and making of the show (3 years in the making) and the true story behind it. I would highly recommend going on the night of a talkback if you can, there's another on 23rd February. I've already seen it twice and loved it! And if you see it and love it too, the soundtrack is for sale at the box office. I'm definitely going to pick one up on my third trip!'

Everybody's Talking About Jamie runs until Sat 25 February.
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