BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER

Director
Book and Lyrics by Bill Augustin and Music by Andrew Abrams
Turbine Theatre
Produced by Paul Taylor-Mills
About the piece

But I’m A Cheerleader: The Musical is the story of Megan, an all-American high school cheerleader who has the perfect life.

That is, until she finds out her friends and family suspect her of being a lesbian and send her packing to ‘True Directions,’ a rehabilitation camp to set her straight. It is at this camp, under the strict tutelage of headmistress Mary Brown that Megan meets Graham, a sexy tomboy who shows her exactly what her ‘true direction’ is.

 

Hilarious, irreverent and full of heart, But I’m A Cheerleader: The Musical is a quirky coming-of-age comedy about sexual awakening and self-realization."

 

Reviews

 

★★★★

"One of the marvels of Tania Azevedo's production is how the boppy teen musical clichés of Heathers, Legally Blonde et al are given full rein but then subside into something nastier ...yet still come out on the other side as sweet, inclusive and uplifting…the sheer good-heartedness and ‘eff you' energy are hard to resist.

Azevedo's production is brilliantly staged.

This is a rollicking good time, but it has a serious heart and a keen wit. It's bubblegum with razor blades. Utterly irresistible"

 WhatsOnStage

★★★★

"Tania Azevedo’s direction is pacy, with an energy that never lets up.

A genuine celebration of queerness which sits firmly on the side of satire.  It is a truly exciting new production, brimming with potential"

 Broadway World

★★★★

"Azevedo’s production threatens to burst off the stage several times and hopefully it will get an opportunity to do just that. 

The Stage 

 

★★★★★

"Full of heart and hilarity, this life-affirming show has an overarching important message and is everything theatre should be. …..This musical is destined for bigger things – I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw it on a West End stage before too long."

All That Dazzles

★★★★

"A production that feels gleefully queer, and is all the better for it. Brimming with satire and physical comedy, it is a show that is full of gags about gender roles and sexuality in Tania Azevedo's stagging. A unique take on queerness for the stage"

The Review's Hub  

 

"Director Tania Azevedo has turned it into a vivacious, affirmative riposte to heteronormative oppression. "

 Evening Standard

 

★★★★★ Watch That Scene ★★★★★ Set The Tape  ★★★★ Musical Theatre Review ★★★★★ The Indiependent ★★★★ Gay Times

Creative Team
 
Director | Tania Azevedo
Choreographer | Alexzandra Sarmiento
Musical Director | Tim Jasper
Musical Supervisor & Orchestrations | Josh Sood
Designer | David Shields
Lighting Designer | David Howe
Sound Designer | Chris Whybrow
Production Manager | Matthew Harper
CSM/DSM | Freya Bramble 
ASM | Emilie Mules 
Associate Director | Max Bex Roberts
Costume | Janet Huckle
Video Designer | George Reeve
Associate Video Designer | Alistair Lindsay
Associate Lighting Designer | Jacob Gowler
Casting Director | Will Burton
Cast (Autumn Production)

 

Jessica Aubrey
Megan Hill

Louis Amir Hook

Kenneth Avery-Clark 

Inez Budd

Georgina Hagen

Freddie Love

Michael Mather

Patrick Munday

Julian Quijano

Noel Sullivan

Ash Weir

Ciaran Spencer

Josie Kemp

Cast (Spring Production)

 

Alice Croft

Oliver Brooks

Edward Chitticks

Damon Gould

Tiffany Graves

Jodie Jacobs

Lemuel Knights

Evie Rose Lane

Harry Singh

Jodie Steele

Aaron Teoh

Kia-Paris Walcott