SHOREDITCH TOWN HALL
Jonny Woo’s East London Lecture Returns!
“In 1995, in a pub called the Bricklayers Arms, in Shoreditch, the world began…”
Jonny Woo’s East London Lecture transfers to Shoreditch Town Hall (20th-30th April) following its sell out run at The Rose Lipman. In this verbatim show, which is part lecture, part musical and part immersive theatre, Jonny relives critical moments from his own past and pulls his audience into the 1990s warehouse party scene, which he believes kicked off the next 20 years of regeneration in East London. With dynamic and site-specific set design by Tony Hornecker (The Pale Blue Door, LCF’s Mad About The Boy) and original music by Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer The Opera, Anna Nicole) Using text from original interviews that he has conducted with friends from the time, artists, newcomers and a local resident called ‘Jim’, Jonny attempts to pinpoint the moment when Shoreditch went from forgotten misty backwater to the centre of nightlife, fashion and all things cool, not to mention a property developers’ goldmine. This special Shoreditch Town Hall run sees Jonny channel new characters who expand on the themes surrounding gentrification, bringing to life legendary characters like Fee ‘Mrs Jones’ Doran, and friends Pablo & David, owners of East London’s famous venues Bistroteque and Hoi Palloi. Lively, unexpected, educational and thoroughly entertaining. Jonny Woo’s East London Lecture is above all a rites of passage story and a life-affirming look at both urban change and our notion of “community” Did East London “happen” for better or for worse? And could it ever “happen” again?
‘If anyone is qualified to give a lecture on the first wave of Shoreditch hipster culture it’s Jonny Woo’ The Guardian.