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Burlesque brings Hollywood classics onto the Fringe stage

When you think of Fringe World, one of the first images that springs to mind is that of a burlesque dancer, and since first frequenting Fringe a decade ago, I’ve seen my fair share of burlesque.

These days it takes a damn good theme to drag me to yet another burlesque gig and that drawcard last night was ‘Burlywood’.

As its name should suggest, Burlywood is a hybrid of burlesque and Hollywood themes, with a bevy of buxom beauties taking to the stage in all manner of Tinseltown couture: Autumn Daze as Barbarella; Ivy Temptress as Morticia from The Addams Family; Calypso D’Light as James Bond; Lady Cara as Citizen Kane; and more.

One of my faves was Delza Skye performing as The Joker from Batman, primarily because Skye reversed the burlesque formula and dressed up while her number went on, rather than removing garments piece by piece. It’s an interesting act to watch – and one which ends with boobies out, anyway, appeasing expecting fans in the crowd.

I liked that these artists proved audiences enjoy titillating strip when it comes from women of all shapes and sizes. I also appreciated the fact that the troupe fit so much into a 50-minute production. Halfway through the event, I was surprised to have already enjoyed seven impressive numbers, and that included witty introductions from the show’s glamorous MC and hostess.

An enjoyable night out, celebrating the female body beautiful, to a soundtrack that mixes old-school Hollywood with killer remixing.

Antonino Tati

 

‘Burlywood’ is on nightly from January 21 – 23 at the Sewing Room, Wolf Lane, Perth CBD. Tickets are available through www.fringeworld.com.au.

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