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The BlogAmidst the madness of present day Soho unravels a touching and true love story... Clayton Littlewood’s acclaimed book, “Dirty White Boy: Tales of Soho” based on his bizarre experiences running an upmarket menswear shop in bohemian Old Compton Street, won acclaim from critics and celebrities alike.
From his window on one of the most colourful street corners in the world, Clayton sat and blogged about the real life characters that passed through his doors.
Characters range from the aging ‘polari speaking’ Leslie, Sue and Maggie from the brothel upstairs, Angela the feisty transsexual, the bizarre 'Thongman' and Chico the campest queen on the street. Although writing about prostitutes, street cleaners, bag ladies, rude boys and shoplifters, everyone is written about with humour and sensitivity.
The blog then became a highly successful column in thelondonpaper.
Photos from the 2009 Trafalgar Studios production
Now it comes to the West End in a brilliantly funny and insightful stage adaptation at the Trafalgar Studios, featuring the writer himself, award-winning solo performer David Benson (“Think No Evil Of Us: My Life With Kenneth Williams”) and Alexis Gerred, runner up in BBC 1’s UK Eurovision contest “Your Country Needs You”, singing torch songs as ”Dirty White Boy”.
Clayton Littlewood (narrator) moved to London in his teens to join a band called Spongefinger as the lead singer. After being rejected by every record company in the UK Clayton turned to pirate radio, hosting a comedy show where he posed as a female
West Country aromatherapist by the name of Doctor Bunty. More recently, Clayton ran the shop Dirty White Boy with his partner Jorge Betancourt, writing the Soho Stories column for thelondonpaper and has been a contributor to BBC Radio. “Dirty
White Boy: Tales of Soho” was his first book. It only took him 46 years to write it.
This is his first play.
David Benson (actor) is best known for his solo shows (“Think No Evil of Us: My Life With Kenneth Williams”, plus nine others including his new one on Samuel Johnson, seen at last year's Edinburgh Fringe) and for his performance as Noel Coward in
the BBC series “Goodnight Sweetheart”. He recently appeared in Stephen Brown's play “Future Me”. In 2008 he adapted and directed the award-nominated “My Grandfather's Great War”.
Alexis Gerred (singer) is an emerging talent, who has already sung in front of millions of TV viewers. Alexis trained with Jenny O’Grady, a top vocal coach who has worked with Elton John, Kylie Minogue and Gary Barlow. In March, Alexis was chosen as one of the final six acts to make it through to the live TV finals on the BBC1 ’s “Your Country Needs You”, to pick the UK’s Eurovision act, and was runner-up in the final phone vote.
Director Phil Willmott is a multi-award winning director, artistic director, playwright, composer, librettist, teacher, dramaturg, arts journalist… and occasional actor. He is the most commissioned musical theatre writer/composer in the UK and Britain’s foremost director of Greek drama. His current London productions include the TMA award-winning “Once Upon A Time At The Adelphi”, and the cult hit “Naked Boys Singing”.
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“Touching, funny and poignant” Sir Elton John
“Funny, perceptive, sexy, exquisitely observed” Stephen Fry
by Clayton Littlewood
directed by Phil Willmott
cast: Clayton Littlewood
& Alexis Gerred, singing torch songs as “Dirty White Boy”
PHOTO: Daniel Polak
First review 13-7-09
A few years back, I was contacted via myspace by a chap named Clayton Littlewood. He told me that he had seen Think No Evil of Us back in 1998 at The Vaudeville Theatre, had loved it and wondered if I might like to meet sometime for a coffee and a chat. We met a few days later and he has been a dear friend ever since.
At that time, Clayton was running, with his partner Jorge, a small clothes shop called Dirty White Boy on the corner of Old Compton Street and Dean Street in Soho. He told me that he had started writing an almost-daily 'blog' on myspace all about the fascinating array of characters who regularly visited the shop, mostly without making purchases alas.
Clayton's blogs attracted a wide readership online and were last year published as Dirty White Boy: Tales of Soho (within hours of the book being published Clayton was astonished to receive a call on his mobile from none other then Elton John to say he had read it in one sitting and ordered it for all his friends!). Some of the episodes were published in a weekly column in The London Paper. When Clayton was asked by BBC Radio London to talk about and read from the blogs he asked me to come on with him to give voice to some of the characters - by a bizarre co-incidence I was booked onto the same show to talk about something else; myself, I think. We made three appearances, and were thrown off the air TWICE by hostess Tessa Dunlop. (To hear two of the recordings, click here) BBC London are notoriously tight about what can be said on their frequency and certain words in the readings sparked their 'eject guest' protocols.
Undaunted, Clayton and I proceeded with a series of dramatised readings to promote the book (part of the first one we did can be seen here). We have longed planned a stage show based on some of the characters and incidents featured in the book, with Clayton as himself and me playing all the different characters.
Now we are racing towards a first stab at presenting the play Clayton has adapted from his book: each Friday at 9.30pm in July, we will be performing the first version of new show at the prestigious Trafalgar Studios, just off Trafalgar Square.
I do hope you can make it along to a performance of this exciting and moving show, which I am honoured to associated with.
For more info on the show plus ticket information click here