Everybody's talking about Jamie - and Margaret!

Josie Walker (plays Margaret), Jamie, John McCrea (plays Jamie) and Durham Samaritans volunteer Margaret
Sunday 25th February 2018
Samaritans’ listening volunteer, Margaret (pictured far right) from our branch, and her son Jamie (second from left) are the inspiration for a hit West End musical.

Avid theatre fans will have heard of hit musical ‘Everybody’s Talking about Jamie’ but they might not know that it was inspired by the true story of Jamie and his mum, Margaret, who hail from Bishop Auckland, County Durham.

In 2011, Jamie starred in the BBC documentary ‘Jamie: Drag Queen at 16’, where he was banned from his school prom for attending in drag. The story was turned into a musical, which premiered at the Sheffield Crucible in February 2017, before transferring to the West End where it opened to rave reviews and heavy media attention – largely focussing on Jamie and Margaret!

Margaret says: “We didn’t see the show until press night in Sheffield, when Jamie and I watched it together for the first time. It’s bizarre how much of it is true to life! It was very emotional watching our lives rewind back on stage. The show has a really positive message – it’s all about acceptance. If everybody was just a little bit more caring… the world would be a much nicer place and Samaritans wouldn’t be as busy as we are.”

“We’re hoping this show helps change opinions; that it makes people think, be more accepting of others and helps you to believe you can do whatever you want to do.”

Listen to Margaret and Jamie talking about their story on BBC Woman’s Hour here and read more about Jamie, in his own words, here.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ runs until 6 October 2018 at the Apollo Theatre in London. Tickets are from £20.