Renshaw directs Taboo revival

Published June 6, 2012

Chris Renshaw will direct a site-specific revival of his hit Boy George musical Taboo at the Brixton Club House this autumn.

Marking a decade since it premiered in the West End and was subsequently nominated for four Olivier Awards, the musical will run at the South London clubbing venue from 7 September until 23 December.

Featuring music and lyrics by the iconic singer and central character Boy George, Taboo is set in the gloriously self-indulgent years of the 1980s. Portraying the outrageous fashions and decadent nightlife of the new romantics, the musical is set against a darker backdrop of mass unemployment and social upheaval.

The story focuses on two young men, Leigh Bowery, a brilliant anarchic performance artist and designer, and George O’Dowd, a rough-edged boy who becomes the surprising crossover star of the scene, Boy George.

From squat to superstardom, from rock to rock bottom, the pairs’ 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.

Renshaw will be supported in the creative team by many of the original line-up, including writer Mark Davis and Boy George. Casting is yet to be announced.