get lectured at by jonny woo
The Shoreditch drag superstar delivers his East London Lecture, a new performance.
Jacket and hat Child of the Jago. Top Ashish. Kilt House of Harlot. Trousers James Long. Tights Pamela Mann. Gloves Basso and Brooke. Shoes Jonny’s own.
Jonny Woo is London drag royalty, famous for his shows, club nights and general party presence. But much as he's a fun one, there's always been a strain of the serious and contemplative in his work. In his new East London Lecture, starting tomorrow at The Rose Lipman in De Beauvoir, The Wooster will be presenting an explosive performance that will analyse, celebrate and criticise the regeneration of war-torn East London into the trendy mecca of today.
The show, in a salvaged 70s community hall, centres around the characters who assembled at The Bricklayers Arms from 95 to 98, including Damian Hirst, Katie Grand, Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley. Using interviews with his friends from the time, local residents and subsequent newcomers, Jonny relives moments from the scene which, he argues, spurred the next 20 years of regeneration and gentrification in East London.
As the long-hailed figurehead of East London's alternative scene and a key player in the unconscious 90s explosion of "Shoreditch", Jonny was the perfect person to interview 50 key Shoreditch personalities in an attempt to pinpoint the moment that East London boomed.
Many of us think that we were part of that moment, but when did it really happen, why did it happen, and how did it happen? The lecture is Jonny's attempt to answer all this, and to build a bridge between the disparate communities who are now sharing the same locality.
Jonny Woo's East London Lecture, 27th, 28th, 29th November & 4th, 5th, 6th December at The Rose Lipman, London
Text Stuart Brumfitt
Photography Shawn Mortensen
Styling James Jeanette.
[The Beautiful Issue, no. 295, January 2009]