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Taboo - The Boy George Musical - Brixton Club House

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A SITE-specific performance of Taboo – The Boy George Musical runs at Brixton Club House from September 6 to December 23, 2012.

Taboo is a musical portrait of a brief but remarkable era, 1980s London. These gloriously self-indulgent years, played out against a backdrop of mass unemployment and social upheaval, sparked a rebellion among young people which ultimately found its expression in outrageous fashions and a decadent nightlife.

These were the “New Romantics” – leaders of a phenomenon which left a lasting influence on both the face and fate of pop, fashion and social culture.

Taboo is a story of a young girl and boy swept up in this exciting artistic climate. It also focuses on two other young men – Leigh Bowery, a brilliant, anarchic performance artist and designer, and George O’Dowd, a young, rough-edged boy who arrives in London and, once part of the Eighties club world, becomes the surprising crossover star of the scene, Boy George.

From squat to superstardom, from rock to rock bottom, both mens’ stories are played out against the background of Taboo, the nightclub that came to symbolise the excess and decadence of 1980s London and subsequently defined a generation.

Taboo is once again directed by co-creator, Christopher Renshaw and is actively supported by the talents of many of the original creative team including writer Mark Davies Markham and composer/lyricist and star of the original run, Boy George.

The show features a new song, No Need To Work So Hard, by Boy George and Kevan Frost and an enhanced script from Mark Davies Markham, and stars Olivier Award-winning Paul Baker, reprising the role of legendary club promoter Philip Sallon, The Voice’s Sam Buttery as Leigh Bowery and I’d Do Anything’s Niamh Perry as Kim.

They are joined by Matthew Roland (as Boy George), Sarah Ingram (Josie), Michael Matus, Adam Bailey, Owain Williams, Alistair Brammer, Katie Kerr and Daniella Bowen, plus ensemble members Zeph Gould, Alex Hammond and Jennifer Hepburn.

Tickets: £30, £25 and £10 (plus booking fee); Meal deal: £37.50 and £32.50 (plus booking fee). Tickets are available on 08444 771000 or online at

Times: Tuesday to Sunday at 7.30pm; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm.

Brixton Club House, 467 – 469 Brixton Road, Brixton, London, SW9 8HL