Taboo, the Olivier Award winning Boy George musical, gets a London revival directed by co-creator Christopher Renshaw. Set in London’s decadent 1980s club world, where figures such as Leigh Bowery and Boy George dominated, don’t miss this edgy, touching and visually stunning show.
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 between a young girl and boy swept up in this exciting artistic climate and 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 fantastic background of Taboo, the nightclub that came to symbolise the excess and decadence of 1980s London and subsequently defined a generation.
Theatre: Brixton Club House