INTERVIEW WITH JAMIE WILSON
Jamie, born and raised in London, set up Jamie Wilson Productions in 2008. Now aged 28, Jamie has produced over 50 productions both in the UK and internationally. Prior to being an Independent Producer, Jamie worked for Theatre Producer Mark Goucher. In 2008, he won the Stage One New Producers Bursary Award and was mentored by Paul Elliott. Recent productions include Calamity Jane and Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s musical Tell Me on a Sunday.
At the moment you are…
This summer we have opened Sister Act at Curve (Directed by Craig Revel Horwood, starring Alexandra Burke) which is currently on a 12 month tour and Crazy For You at the Watermill Theatre (Directed by Paul Hart, starring Tom Chambers), which following an amazing response and great reviews, will go on tour from next August. I am also currently working with Birmingham Rep on the world premiere of Nativity the musical - based on the hugely successful British film franchise. We open next October. I have also been working with Curve on a new musical version of An Officer and a Gentleman that we plan will have its world premiere in 2018. There also is a brand new original musical I’m developing, but it’s going to take a long time before its ready to be in front of an audience… but if we get it right, I think it could be huge!
What does Stage One mean to you?
Stage One made what would seem impossible to a 20 year old wannabe producer a lot less impossible! It gave me the financial support and encouragement that any new producer needs in those very early and very scary years. Stage One now regularly invests in my productions and I hope over time it will receive enough profits from these investments to by far exceed the bursary awarded to me back in 2008.
Last show you saw and loved?
I am late to the party but finally caught Beautiful a few weeks ago. I loved the simplicity of the book and the theatrical but not over the top orchestrations. I have not stopped listening to the cast recording. Highlights for me this year also have to include Fun Home on Broadway and Sheffield's production of Flowers for Mrs Harris.
What do you think, is the best thing about the Theatre Industry?
Theatre comes in all shapes and forms and there are no real rules which makes going to the theatre so exciting. When sitting at the back of the stalls at one of my own shows and you hear a roar of laughter or huge applause and see the audience give a standing ovation - it’s a thrill and pay off that you just don't get in many other industries.
What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
It’s from Stage One’s previous Vice Chairman Paul Elliott… “It’s show… business! – you need to learn and understand how the business works as much as the creative elements of the show itself!”