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Alum receives BBC commission for virtual musical

Fri 26 March 2021

‘U.Me: The Musical’ features lyrics, music and book by Theo Jamieson 

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the BBC have commissioned alum Theo Jamieson to write an original musical for radio and podcast listening that captures the collective experience of an extraordinary year. 

Composer and lyricist Theo studied BMus (hons) in composition at Trinity Laban. Since graduating in 2012 he has worked as the Musical Director for several West End hits including Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Apollo Theatre) and Funny Girl (The Savoy Theatre). 

His latest show centres on the international love story of two young people on opposite sides of the world who meet online and discover a true connection, finding hope and joy amidst the unfolding crisis. The book is written by Theo in collaboration with Simon Pitts. 

In the BBC press release, Theo commented –  

“The BBC wanted to do a radio musical in response to the Covid pandemic, a romance in this moment we are in that would get the blood pumping and raise goosebumps. When all guns are blazing on a musical, nothing generates that much energy and that much feeling. It’s a big challenge, but actually the feeling of responding and delivering something to the public in a short amount of time is actually really fun. It’s fantastic as an artist.” 

Following a five-month creation and rehearsal process, the show is set to premiere globally at 20.00 BST, 12 May 2021 on BBC World Service and BBC Sounds.  

Discover more about Composition at Trinity Laban. 

Image: Theo Jamieson (courtesy Curtis Brown)