Olivier Awards – my public panel application 2018

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It’s that point in the year again: Olivier Award public panel application time! After getting to the interview stage last year (better than 2016 and 2015), I was hoping to do it again this time round but it wasn’t to be.

Bit of a shame, as there isn’t yet a big front-runner for next year’s awards as far as I can see (Harry Potter last year was obvious, this time around it should be Hamilton) so it would have been an intriguing viewing and voting process.

A reminder that, to apply, you just have to provide a list of your theatregoing from the past 12 months and include a 150-word review of one of those shows.

I did quite well at reviewing most things that I saw (and I prefer to write about something I’ve not already reviewed for this), so there wasn’t a huge amount of choice – I almost went for The Grinning Man, as I’d just been to see it, but I didn’t think I could do it justice in such a short block of text, so instead I took on Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

All 16-year-old Jamie New wants is to be a drag queen, but there are significant obstacles in his way as he pursues his dream – not least the small matter of the school prom. Based on a 2011 BBC Three documentary, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a brand new British musical written by Tom MacRae, backed by a vibrant pop score from The Feeling’s Dan Gillespie Sells.

It would probably work well as a straight play. However, Gillespie Sells’ music and Kate Prince’s choreography provide an extra bit of pizazz that feels intrinsic to the story.

John McCrea is a natural leading man, plucked from relative obscurity to star as Jamie. He imbues his character with a combination of exuberance and insecurity, belting out his songs with truly distinctive vocals. He is emotionally supported by onstage mum Josie Walker (Margaret).

A real 21st-century coming-of-age tale.

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Debbie Gilpin stumbled into writing about theatre when she moved to London after studying for a degree in Human Genetics at Newcastle University. She started her website Mind the Blog in November 2014 and also tweets from @Mind_the_Blog. She spent the best part of 2014-16 inadvertently documenting Sunny Afternoon in the West End, and now also writes for BroadwayWorld UK. Debbie’s theatre passions are Shakespeare and new writing, but she’s also a sucker for shows with a tap routine.
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Debbie Gilpin stumbled into writing about theatre when she moved to London after studying for a degree in Human Genetics at Newcastle University. She started her website Mind the Blog in November 2014 and also tweets from @Mind_the_Blog. She spent the best part of 2014-16 inadvertently documenting Sunny Afternoon in the West End, and now also writes for BroadwayWorld UK. Debbie’s theatre passions are Shakespeare and new writing, but she’s also a sucker for shows with a tap routine.

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