Jonny Woo: Wonder Woo-Man

Nightlife , Cabaret and burlesque
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London’s tranny superstar par excellence follows ‘International Woman of Mr E’, his 2008 show about his New York spell of drag ’n’ drugs, with this stonking story-of-my-life set. We move from Medway Towns youth and nine-to-five purgatory to alt-drag rebirth and transatlantic success, the latter not always of the predictable kind (‘you don’t expect to be thrown the Mary-Portas-doppelganger curveball…’). Woo’s got it all: a succession of awesome looks from ‘slag casual’ to tranny Olympian; a tongue-twisting way with words in the finest traditions of English nonsense-speak; a captivating singing voice, especially on the subject of booze; the ability to chattily charm an audience without stinting on queerness; he even plays the spoons. As narrative, the show’s choppy – the whole NY experience is skated over – but frequently surprising. Overall, a great introduction to an outstanding 21st-century talent.

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