Theatre Review: Taboo - Brixton Club House, London ✭✭✭✭✭

Brixton Club House - London

Review by Christina Benneworth

Set in the early 1980s, Taboo uses the colourful, artistic world of London’s underground club scene to tell the story of Billy, a young photographer running from his past and escaping the prejudices and confined spaces of the suburbs. After its incredible revival last year, this musical penned by Boy George and Mark Davies Markham has announced an extension at its South London venue until the end of March, with some changes to the cast.

The story focuses on two young men – Leigh Bowery, a brilliant, radical performance artist and designer, and George O’Dowd a young vibrant boy who arrives in London, and once part of the Eighties club world, becomes the surprising crossover star of the scene, Boy George. Their stories played out against the backdrop of the club Taboo, the nightclub that came to symbolise the excess and decadence of 1980s London and subsequently defined a generation.

Brixton Club House provides the perfect location for this musical, with the audience sat around the stage, the cast dance on the bar, tables and engage with the audience, it is a perfect setting for you to truly feel you’re sat in the middle of Taboo back in the 1980s. The show is lively, entertaining; the energy from the cast is infectious, definitely worth seeing.

My highlights of the night were two of the cast Philip Sallon, played by Paul Baker and Leigh Bowery, who is played by Sam Buttery. Philip almost acts as the narrator for the show and also his jokes aimed at members of the audiences are hilarious and you find yourself repeating them after the show. And Sam Buttery pulls off an absolutely outstanding performance, hilarious, but in one scene; with the help from his friend Big Sue (Katie Kerr), it gets very emotional with an incredible performance from both the two characters.

All in all a great night and I strongly encourage you to entertain yourself for the evening by taking a trip to Taboo.

5 stars ✭✭✭✭✭

Listings Information
Booking until 31st March 2013
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