An Insider Guide to What's On
Mon01Jun2020Sat06Jun20207:30 pmTheatre Royal, Norwich
Everybody's Talking About Jamie
We first saw this after it had been a smash hit from Sheffield and transferred to the West End. Starring Layton Williams and Shane Ritchie both reprising their roles in this critically acclaimed West End production.
Inspired by a 2011 BBC documentary about a teenager who wanted to be a drag queen, the show follows 16-year-old Jamie on his journey to be himself – out of a classroom in a working-class part of Sheffield, away from the bigotry of a deadbeat dad, and into high heels.
Director Jonathan Butterell’s production is a high-impact blaze of colour, combining video projections with seamless scene changes and a live band above the stage. It captures the frenetic energy of being a teenager.
Every element of this show works beautifully together. The music, by The Feeling frontman Dan Gillespie Sells, is a deft mix of irresistibly catchy, pop-honed foot-tappers – try not to hum ‘And You Don’t Even Know It’, I dare you – and truthful, heart-wrenching numbers.