Aimie Atkinson

BBC Radio 2's Voice of Musical Theatre

" I have witnessed the birth of a star!" Elaine Paige

"The best thing since sliced bread" Mike Dixon

"What a pair of lungs!" Jae Alexander

"Aimie Atkinson for one is absolutely incredible. She plays Penny, a petite Scouser living in the shadow of fame-hungry friend Jude, who she just so happens to be madly in love with. As she shuffles across the stage in her faded old jeans and tomboy top, lugging a couple of beaten-up rucksacks on her back, the audience are completely taken aback when she suddenly bursts into a sensational rendition of Go Now." "Aimie Atkinson was the absolute star of the show" "Aimie Atkinson is sensational as timid Scouse girl Penny, she does an excellent job of the transformation, stripping it of any cliché, and bringing out the complexity behind the character." "Aimie Atkinson is a pocket powerhouse, small but mighty she belts out some outstanding showstoppers." "Aimie Atkinson makes it look so effortless, which of course is the sign of a true talent. Her acting is just as impressive, as she plays the part of Penny to perfection, adding real character to the role." "Aimie Atkinson’s powerhouse Penny, who plays both the dry sarcasm and the emotional vulnerability with a believable performance, and a cracking set of lungs." "But really the show belongs to Aimie Atkinson as Penny... or at least, it ought to. Her superb vocals should be rewarded with a bit of hasty rewriting to give her much more to sing." "Every time  Aimie Atkinson sings, she lights up the stage." "Aimie Atkinson as the little Scouse powerhouse ‘Penny’ is superb – when she belted out the big numbers the audience were captivated." "Aimie Atkinson brings genuine characterisation and vocal ability as long suffering Penny."

"Aimie Atkinson for one is absolutely incredible. She plays Penny, a petite Scouser living in the shadow of fame-hungry friend Jude, who she just so happens to be madly in love with. As she shuffles across the stage in her faded old jeans and tomboy top, lugging a couple of beaten-up rucksacks on her back, the audience are completely taken aback when she suddenly bursts into a sensational rendition of Go Now."

"Aimie Atkinson was the absolute star of the show"

"Aimie Atkinson is sensational as timid Scouse girl Penny, she does an excellent job of the transformation, stripping it of any cliché, and bringing out the complexity behind the character."

"Aimie Atkinson is a pocket powerhouse, small but mighty she belts out some outstanding showstoppers."

"Aimie Atkinson makes it look so effortless, which of course is the sign of a true talent. Her acting is just as impressive, as she plays the part of Penny to perfection, adding real character to the role."

"Aimie Atkinson’s powerhouse Penny, who plays both the dry sarcasm and the emotional vulnerability with a believable performance, and a cracking set of lungs."

"But really the show belongs to Aimie Atkinson as Penny... or at least, it ought to. Her superb vocals should be rewarded with a bit of hasty rewriting to give her much more to sing."

"Every time  Aimie Atkinson sings, she lights up the stage."

"Aimie Atkinson as the little Scouse powerhouse ‘Penny’ is superb – when she belted out the big numbers the audience were captivated."

"Aimie Atkinson brings genuine characterisation and vocal ability as long suffering Penny."

"But it’s Aimie Atkinson who gives the evening heart as a deceptively cynical tart who stops the show with the number Everybody’s Girl and later provides us with its most quietly convincing emotion" (The times)

and most notably of all Aime Atkinson, who steals the show with her charismatic portrayal of highly strung, loose-calved dancer Shelby Stevens" (Gay times)

"Stand-out  Aimie Atkinson’s splendidly slutty rendition of ‘Everybody’s Girl’, with Atkinson bringing real heart to a character who trades on the myth of her own availability only to find it’s that which stops her getting the security she really wants" (exuent online)

"The real star of this cast is Aimie Atkinson, playing the brusque, brassy dancer Shelby Stevens. Her performance excels both vocally and in terms of depth of character, and her big solo "Everybody’s Girl" proves to be the highlight of the show" (what's onstage. Com)

 "Aimie Atkinson’s superb Shelby Stevens who delivers Everybody’s Girl with a delectable tartness" ( The public review.com)

"Aimie Atkinson, giving a rousing, richly layered performance as Everybody’s Girl Shelby Stevens" ( The stage newspaper)

"Aimie Atkinson was a breath-taking Shelby Stevens delivering ‘Everybody’s Girl’ with gusto and comedy, although wait for the reprise…it is truly something else. Definitely a star in the making"( Bargain theatre land.com)

 However, the star turn was from Aimie Atkinson as Shelby Stevens, Rita's rival, not dissimilar to the great Judy Garland in her solo showstopper "Everybody's Girl".  ( one stop arts)

"Shelby Stevens is played by the wonderful Aimie Atkinson. She is a real glamour puss in blue sequins and glitter and totally stands out from the rest of the company without even trying" (Remoat goat)

"Small and compact, with the energy of a turbo battery, Atkinson bounded across the stage, shook her behind seductively (she would have made Beyoncé proud) and fell into the laps of the male members of the front row, while brilliantly booting out her slutty ballad. It was, however, her second performance of the song in Act 2, stripped of all the show-business glitz that highlighted Atkinson’s musical gifts. From the vivacious, strong-willed show-girl, Atkinson’s Shelby revealed her insecure, desperate and unhappy self through a melancholy, soft and quavering performance of the same lyrics"

"Aimie Atkinson’s wickedly suggestive Shelby who teases every bit of innuendo out of a stand-out number that also shows off her huge voice, Everybody’s Girl" (Jewish times ) 

" (Aimie Atkinson) the hoofer with a heart of gold who steals the show with the quite crass “Everybody’s Girl,” providing both the pipes and pins to make this number blaze"

"Aimie Atkinson duly brings the house down (this is probably the only time you will ever find me pleased to have been sat in the front row), but she is also moving in the scene where we see behind the mask"

"Aimie Atkinson adds her weight in gold as Ash's feisty girlfriend Chloe."

"Particular credit must go to Aimie Atkinson, who plays Ash's Manchurian fiancée Chloe, for a rousing performance of the shows 11 o'clock number 'Love Ain't Here Anymore."

"Spine Tingling vocals from Atkinson."

"The roof raising Relight My Fire was tremendous with a great vocal performance by Aimie Atkinson"