Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Funny, fabulous and feelgood, this is the musical sensation for all the family and not to be missed!
The smash-hit musical returns to Edinburgh, featuring West End star Layton Williams*, EastEnders’ much-loved Shane Richie as Hugo/Loco Chanelle both reprising their roles from the critically acclaimed West End production.
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.
Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.
With an original score of catchy pop tunes by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae (Doctor Who), this brand-new musical will have everybody talking about Jamie for years to come.
Sixteen: the edge of possibility. Time to make your dreams come true.
CAUTION: Strobe lighting is used throughout the performance
*Layton Williams will not be performing on Saturday 2 April performances. Jamie will be played by his understudy Adam Taylor.
Review by Kelly Lacey
As the sunshine left the city last night and a dreich rainstorm arrived. Something outstanding blew in or rather sashayed to the Festival Theatre. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has arrived and you really should not miss it.
With such an important message at its core, the show takes us on a journey to just be who we are and to be comfortable in our own shoes.
Layton Williams owned the stage in every scene but with such class and talent. The highlight of the evening for me came from Amy Ellen Richardson who plays Jamie’s mum. He’s My Boy was out of this world. The whole audience went silent throughout the performance and then erupted with applause at the end. It was extremely emotional and brought all the feelings to the surface.
Rhy Taylor as Hugo/Loco Chanelle brought heart and warmth to the show. A memorable performance and such an awe-inspiring stage presence.
The cast made the show appear effortless from start to finish. But you can see a lot of hard work and time has gone into the performance to make it flow as it does. The simple but effective set changes and on-stage band throughout the performance all add up to make it a unique experience for the audience.
Go and see the show if you have ever felt you don’t fit in or that you can’t be yourself around people. You will leave the theatre with a boosted sense of self-worth and a little strut in your step as you go home.
Be more like, Jamie!
TUE 29 MAR TO SAT 02 APR 2022
Evenings 7.30pm | Matinees Thu & Sat 2.30pm
Running time (approx.): 2 hours 40 minutes (incl. 20 min interval)
Age: Parental discretion advised. Contains some strong language and mild sexual references. Strobe lighting is used throughout the performance.
BOX OFFICE: 0131 529 6000
Thank you to Capital Theatre for my gifted tickets in exchange for an honest review.