Jamie New has a dream, a dream not many 16-year-olds harbour. He dreams to be a drag queen. However, while his mother Margaret and her best friend supports the idea and encourages him to live the life he wants, others including his father and school "bigshot" Dean think other things. However, when Jamie meets shop propriety Hugo, he finds his dreams may well become reality.
It's not all about Jamie here though, and maybe many will actually leave the theatre talking about Amy Ellen Richardson as Jamie's mother Margaret as she is truly amazing. She brings huge warmth to the character and while her rendition of If I Met Myself Again (featuring an amazing contemporary dance from Kazmin Borrer and Ellis Brownhill) is a delight in itself, it doesn't quite prepare you for the show-stopping performance of He's My Boy. It's difficult to know how someone could imbue more emotion into a song. Simply incredible.
Everybody's Talking About Jamie is almost perfect theatre, offering something to everyone and transcending perhaps those who like plays and musicals, as the former will appreciate the precision of the work and storytelling of the show, while the latter will revel in the brilliant song right until the curtain call. Its a quality show and there is no doubt about that.
Get talking to your friends about Jamie, he rocks.
Performance reviewed: Tuesday 10th March 2020 at the Royal & Derngate (Derngate), Northampton.
Everybody's Talking About Jamie runs at the Royal & Derngate until Saturday 14th March 2020
For further details about the Royal & Derngate see their website at http://www.royalandderngate.co.uk