Sunday, 3 July 2011

Justin 'Vivian' Bond... Mx Bond Has Got Pazazz!

Mx Bond, has been flying high throughout her/his career, I first met Justin as the delirious Kiki, a deranged and deluded character who with the help of Herb on piano relived a fictional life of theatrical hilarity. Later going solo with perceptive insights on a life well lived and those orbiting, I've kept apace with Justin Bond, who resides in New York and pays us regular visits with shows that with her unique rhetoric and song renditions never fails to tick all the boxes.
This month Justin is back after a two year sojourn (has it really been that long!) as Mx Justin Vivian Bond with a solo album and show 'Dendrophile' at the Soho Theatre . I popped down last week to catch up with the one and only. Her exposé shows somehow always take on a new angle. 'V', our very own Justin Bond is now somewhat of a lady of a certain age nowadays, he/she tells of her introduction into the NYC gay scene. It was hanging out at gay pride, she says, waiting for the float with the people who looked and acted like 'her people'. Every amazing moment of her life, which incidentally leads to apt songs dispersed through the show, is delivered with personal and intimate hysterical flourishes.
Justin Vivian Bond
Personal tales flip back and forth, I was most intriqued by Justin's childhood, which will be published in a forthcoming book. Justin read an excerpt revealing just what a naughty boy he was, sleeping with a neighbour, building a treehouse and then getting caught in the act by the boys mother... I can't wait to get a copy.

Justin Vivian Bond is on at the Soho Theatre till the 9th of July, it's so good I might try and see it again!

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