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06 May 2004 1426 BST
Taboo in Bath
Declan Bennett as Billy (centre), Stephen Ashfield as Boy George (centre right) and the Taboo cast
Taboo stars Declan Bennett as Billy (centre) and Stephen Ashfield as Boy George (centre right)

Boy George's musical, Taboo, explodes on to the stage in Bath in May 2004.

There's a definite gay feel to the production with camp icon Julian Clary taking a starring role.

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Ostentatious and outrageous are two words you could use to describe Julian Clary.

They are exactly the qualities Julian will need to reprise his role as Australian fashion designer Leigh Bowery, when Boy George's West End show comes to Bath.

Flashy and flamboyant

Stephen Ashfield as Boy George

The 1980s dazzled us with not just diamantes and divas, but with fun, flashy, flamboyant music and people.

Culture Club was there, leading the way with the one and only Boy George and his glittering party people.

It was the perfect time for young love - nothing was taboo, life was full of lashings of mascara and loads of lippy but, where there's make-up, there's always break up!

Taboo is said to bring you wicked wit, a heartwarming love story and non-stop party music with classic hits, including Karma Chameleon and Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?

There are also 20 brand new songs written by Boy George himself, specially for the show.

Clary camps it up

Julian Clary as Leigh Bowery

Julian Clary originally played the role of Leigh Bowery in Taboo in the West End for three months from September 2002.

One of the most extraordinary characters to frequent the early Blitz scene, Leigh Bowery was a brilliant, anarchic, performance artist and designer.

Acting for The Fall's Mark E Smith and making costumes for top choreographer Michael Clark and pop-star Boy George, Bowery was infamous for his outlandish costumes and his adoption of different "looks" every night, which led Boy George to describe him as "art on legs".

In 1985 Bowery was offered his own nightclub, the aptly named Taboo just off Leicester Square.

There, Bowery and his best friend Trojan Name tottered about in anything from baby-doll nighties to elephant-ear-collared 1970s disco shirts, kilts with frilly knickers and coloured patent platform shoes.

Slated in the States

The show didn't do well in the States - it closed after three months - but it has been doing considerably better over here.

See what you think when it comes to Bath - read the comments below.

What do YOU think?

eMMa Holmes
It was fantastic! you have got to see this, i have seen it twice now and loved it! Both in Bristol and Bath

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