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The one and only: Lady Seanne

9 May 2016 by Matt

VoteWorking in a museum it isn’t that often that you see a familiar face pop up from out of the collections, but whilst I was busy doing research for the Pride and Prejudice project I got the feeling I was being watched. The same face peering back at me, a face I knew I recognised but couldn’t quite place. Then it hit me, that’s Shaun!

I’d met Shaun, better known around Liverpool as Lady Seanne, in 2012 when we were both working on the play, ‘Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens’.

Now that I knew Lady Seanne was represented in our collection it gave me the perfect reason to re-connect with Shaun over a drink in The Lisbon, all in the name of research of course!

Shaun told me how he’d first gone out on the gay scene in Liverpool in 1982 wearing drag so that he could get away with going into bars and clubs whilst still underage. In 1988 Shaun debuted in an all-male version of ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane’, Shaun’s alter-ego Lady Seanne was born.Garlands Lady Seanne

Shaun went on to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1990 to rave reviews in Shaun Duggan’s play, ‘All Lips and Sex’ and Andrew Sinister’s play, ‘Party Games’.

Returning from the Fringe, Shaun joined “Liverpool’s First Transvestite Band”, ‘Whole New Dream’ who peaked at 498 in the UK Dance Charts. This led to Shaun, as Lady Seanne, working in the Liverpool club, Cream as a ‘female’ go-go dancer.

When Garlands opened in the mid 1990s Lady Seanne promoted and performed at the club.

“Homophobia was still rife from the backlash of the AIDS epidemic and Garlands was the first place everyone could mix. It brought love, respect and harmony to the community” Shaun, speaking in 2016

Whilst still performing in Garlands and nightclubs across the North West, Lady Seanne appeared on Noel Edmond’s House Party in 1996 and Emmerdale in 1997. In 1999 Shaun took a break from working in the clubs and began to work freelance as a DJ and entertainer.

In 2011 Shaun was punched and knocked unconscious in a homophobic attack in Liverpool’s ‘gay quarter’ around Stanley Street, suffering a broken jaw. The attacker was never caught.

Following the attack Shaun decided to go to college to study music and today can be found entertaining older people in his spare time as well as running a quiz and psychic bingo at The Lisbon and promoting and performing at Superstar Boudoir.

It’s good to know that I’ve got a friend in the Museum of Liverpool’s collections.

 

 

  1. lady se-anne says:

    Our Amazing club night life in the Stanley Street quart is tinsel town where all the lights are Bright at it’s best 🙂
    Thank you Liverpool Museum our Amazing city is really The place to be scouse Love Xx

    • Matt says:

      You know I like a good night out in tinsel town! Glad you liked the blog, you’ll have to stay tuned as part of our online collections page is going up on Tuesday and I dare say you’ll recognise a few of the places we talk about!

  2. Gareth Wolliams says:

    She is fabulous and from tge young age of 15 coming out I remember her going to Jodie’s…. Entertain, full of life & always has wise words of wisdom xx

  3. alan jones says:

    Lady Seanne you are quite remarkable Your Talents are noticed. remember be I’m Alan I was the original owner of Jody’s back in 1980 a bit before your time .
    The Years are catching me up and I’m now retired living in Belper derbyshire xx

  4. Philip James says:

    Love you lady seanne, been the best of friends for 11 years and never met anyone who Can bring what you do to the table ! Beautiful soul well deserved!!xxx

    • Matt says:

      Thanks for your lovely comment Philip, great to see how loved Seanne is in Liverpool!

  5. Ishtar - Club Orientation says:

    So great to see Seanne recognised like this. She is a true original and so glamorous and talented. She can light up a room when she walks into it with her big blue eyes and lovely smile. Such a loving and generous soul . I have performed with her on countless occasions and she always makes people happy and entertained. I have never met anyone who makes me laugh like she does. A true Gem. Love her , thanks for giving her such a wonderful write up. xxx

  6. Joan@Liverpool Pride says:

    I love Shaun very much – he is one of the role-models who made it possible for people like me to come out and feel confident way back when! Recently he did my make-up for me when I dragged-up for my 50th birthday and did an amazing job with a kindness I will never forget. He’s been an inspiration and is a tireless campaigner – everyone at Liverpool Pride wishes him all the Very best!

  7. Steph says:

    Se-anne is one of the loveliest people who I have had the pleasure to meet and work with in the LISBON she is a true legend so much so that I am going to be impersonating her for pride this year😍😁x

  8. Michael says:

    Love Shaun always making my night at superstar brighter!!

  9. Steffani says:

    great to see Lady Seanne getting the recognition and respect she so obviously deserves. I have only had the pleasure of knowing Seanne a short while since coming home to Liverpool last year and what a year its has been thanks to meeting such a lovely and talented person as Lady Seanne.

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