Tag Archive for Burlesque

Missy Malone & Friends at The Playhouse

At the weekend the fabulous burlesque revue show Missy Malone & Friends finally came to Norwich and we just had to head down to the Playhouse to check it out.

Hosted by the fabulous Des O’Connor, in a natty white suit and with banjo in hand, the show was a feast of some of the best of British Burlesque.

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With a stage showered in glitter and feathers we were treated to a traditional fan dance, balloon pops and even fire eating in a 90 minute show that passed in what felt like moments.

Audience participation was encouraged, and we loved watching unsuspecting audience members dragged up on stage and involved in acrobatics with the ever hilarious Miss Peggy-Sued. Other performances were from Scarlett Daggers, Gwendoline Lamour, Mille Dollar and our host Missy Malone herself.

As if there wasn’t enough glamour up on stage for the evening, the audience pulled out all the stops with their outfits and prizes were even awarded for the best dressed. We’d have put in more effort if we’d known, but when you’re up against a woman in a corset and a tutu there’s probably little hope for prizes.

If you missed Missy Malone and Friends this time then we recommend keeping an eye on their website for upcoming dates nearby as it’s a fabulous evening of glamour and glitter!

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FEATURED EVENT: Le Theatre de Decadence

The Maddermarket Theatre, St John’s Alley, Norwich
Wednesday 26th September 2012 Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7.30pm

Le Theatre de Decadence is rolling back in to town armed with a fresh band of bohemians and burlesque bombshells. Lock away your wives, lock away your husbands and, maybe more importantly, lock up your drinks cabinets.
With a new show debuted in London earlier this year the company are excited to be treading the boards in Norwich once again. Ms. Umanska tragically succumbs to the charms of a Parisian artist (affectionately known as the man of lies) and gets more than she bargained for. A tale of revenge entwined with nipple tassels and circus.
Don your highest of heels, your most feathery of fascinators and the dapperest suit or dress you own (we’re not fussy, mix and match these items at your own free will.)


Tickets: £16
Box Office: 01603 620917
or book online
Event Website

No Strings Burlesque & Cabaret Club

Norwich Puppet Theatre

24th March 7pm

Presented by: Hocus Pocus Theatre

Running time: Show 2.5 hours

Ages: 18♥ Hocus Pocus Theatre ♥ The Cabaret Connoisseurs, present…
♥ NO STRINGS ♥ Cabaret & Burlesque “Swinging 40s Soiree”

♥ SATURDAY 24th MARCH 2012 ♥
Extraordinary Performers, Tip Top Quality Entertainment and Burlesque Bombshells… KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON!

With your hostess…
♥ TITTI TRASH ♥
The glambolic superstar in the form of tangerine orange hair and even more attitude is happy to grace any stage with her memorable presence. From cabaret song and stories to tits and teeth – it will be flaunted. Titti Trash has performed at various festivals, club circuits and other nooks and crannies across the country either with or against a proprietor’s will, with a mix of timeless entertainment and big ego.

And performances from…
♥ BETSY ROSE ♥
Miss Betsy Rose is one of London’s most prestigious headline acts and a star on the international Burlesque scene. As a member of The Hurly Burly Show recently back from an Australian tour and an established professional dancer, this vintage vixen delivers only the highest standard of classic Burlesque to her spellbound spectators.

♥ MATT HENNEM ♥
“Beyond awesome. . .” – Derren Brown

With a unique blend of juggling, manipulation, dance and illusion, Matt breathes mesmerising life into an otherwise inanimate crystal ball. His contact juggling act is a guaranteed jaw-dropper and has headlined at London’s hottest cabaret venues… Café De Paris, Pigalle Club, The Roundhouse, Circus and The Hippodrome to name but a few. Matt has also made appearances on BBC, CBBC, Channel 4, Sky and ITV.

“a triumph. . . He conjures that rare magic that is no less entrancing for being simple.” – The Daily Telegraph

“There are loads of performers on the scene that I really rate. . . Matt Hennem, the most incredible juggler I’ve seen; it’s like he has power over gravity!” – Jonathan Goodwin, TV Escapologist in Time Out London

“this was something else. . . I think my jaw actually dropped a few times it was so well done.” – reviewer, Time Out

“The dance enraptured the audience, and Hennem received thunderous applause for his magical manipulation of the ball” – Erotic Review

♥ ELSIE DIAMOND ♥
Elsie Diamond combines burlesque with playing the ukulele and a voice from a bygone era. With her Jessica Rabbit figure and snow-white complexion, she holds audiences spellbound. Miss Diamond will add a vintage sparkle to the show with her sultry, musical-based numbers.

♥ PIXIE LE KNOTT ♥
Pixie Le Knot is one of the most flexible contortionists in the UK. In her breathtaking performance she will perform the most extreme and amazing backbends which very few other british contortionists are able to achieve. She is currently London based but performs at venues all over the UK, internationally and has toured with a traditional big top circus. She will be appearing in Paramount Insurge‘s new horror movie ‘The Devil Inside‘ which will be released January 6th 2012 in the USA and March 2nd 2012 in the UK. You may also have seen her in ‘The World’s Greatest Bodyshockers‘ on E4 last December.

♥ ALEX THE MIND READER ♥
Mentalism, Mind Magic or Psychological Illusions, call it what you will, Alex McAleer reads minds. He doesn’t claim to be a psychic, he doesn’t read palms or talk to the dead; he reads people and talks to the living. Combining a sharp wit and a flair for showmanship with his unusual psychological skills, Alex creates a fascinating and highly interactive performance which will leave you utterly entertained.

“Phenomenal”- BBC

♥ HOT BOPPIN’ GIRLS ♥
The tantalising trio have a treat to tickle you with. A comic sketch in which The Hot Boppin’ Girls (London Burlesque Festival Prize winners 2009) crack open some of the audiences deapest darkest secrets and Lady Penelope Muck applies some agony aunt advice. Dolly and Dotty have a few problems of their own. Expect the usual whirlwind of comedy, burlesque, bops and bots!

♥ DJ JAZZLORD ♥
Spinning a selection of his finest rare and vintage vinyl – everything from Jump Jive Blues to African Ska and Cumbia.

Step back in time at the 40s street party in the Octagon bar and expect the usual dose of magic from your hosts Hocus Pocus Theatre with a plethora of mingling character and circus walkabout.

Dress: Like your country needs you!

Doors: 7pm
Show: 8pm
DJ ’till: 12am

Tickets: £17.50 (Advanced booking advised as these shows sell out)+

 

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NO STRINGS BOOGALOO

Norwich Arts Centre

19th November 8pm

♥ NO STRINGS BOOGALOO ♥
Bringing you the Best in Burlesque & Vintage Vinyl Dancefloor Mania! Hocus Pocus Theatre’s awesome Burlesque Club Night is all about dressing up, dancing to great music and enjoying the most glamorous stage shows in town.

♥ DJ’s in both rooms – JAZZLORD, KEITH SLATER & BEDDY SHOY ♥

With combined DJing experience reaching 60 years and Future Radio regulars, the boys bring you an eclectic mix of original black music.
Music with grunt, spanning the 50’s to the 70’s. Rhythm n Blues, Rock n Roll, Jamaican Ska, African & Tropical Rare Grooves, Latin Boogaloo, Cumbia, Funk and Soul. To hear sampler mixes follow the links –
Jazzlord – www.soundcloud.com/dj-jazzlord Keith Slater -www.futureradio.co.uk/contentcategories/music/boilingpoint Beddy Shoy – www.soundcloud.com/beddyshoy
♥ LIVE MUSIC ♥

The awesome Gypsy Swing Jazz Band SWINGBALL bring you some live Eastern European Dance Music..!

♥ INTERNATIONAL BURLESQUE BOMBSHELLS ♥

♥ MISS BANBURY CROSS ♥
International Burlesque Show stopper, true vintage beauty, Miss Banbury Cross oozes the sex appeal and glamour of Hollywood’s Golden age, and the sass and decadence of the late 1950s. Boasting a “body from outer space” measuring a perfect 35-22-36.This Blonde Bombshell, Pin-Up and Sex Goddess has been dubbed the “Neo Marilyn” of Burlesque and it is from the Hollywood actress that Miss Cross draws her inspiration from, as well as the great icons of burlesque history. Her Champagne striptease is legendary, her signature fan dance is unlike anything you have seen before, and her costumes are beautifully and superiorly hand crafted. The image of total glamour. She is truly intoxicating, guaranteed that once you have witnessed the powerhouse that is Miss Banbury Cross, the men will want to be her, and the women want to be with her. www.missbanburycross.com

♥ LAURIE HAGEN ♥

Originally from Belgium, Laurie is an actress who took her first steps in the Cabaret Burlesque world as one of Miss Polly Rae’s Hurly Burly Girlys’ in 2007. She’s been flying solo for a good few years now but still enjoys the occasional double the trouble act with usual suspects such as Dusty Limits and Audacity Chutzpah. Miss Hagen is the Folly Mixtures’ resident host at Madame Jojo’s. “Her infectious enthusiasm and smile make her endearing from the start, even when telling a slightly reluctant spectator he is now her slave..” Erotic review

♥ FRANKY FIRE ♥

Model and burlesque dancer Franky Fire brings you her extraordinary Hoop dancing performance. www.facebook.com/FrankyFire1

♥ INTERACTIVE MINGLING CHARACTERS ♥

One of Hocus Pocus Theatre’s specialties, we bring you a selection of bizarre and brilliant performers to confuse and amuse..!

Your Compere for the evening will be the dapper and witty PAUL PRESTON MILLS.

DATE: SATURDAY 19th NOVEMBER

DOORS: 8pm SHOWS: 9.30pm onwards BAR ‘TILL 1am

DRESS: vintage chic, burlesque inspired, suits and boots.
* Strongly Encouraged NOT compulsory.

TICKETS ONLY £10 (over 18 only)
*Our events sell out, so BOOK EARLY to avoid disappointment!

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Out and about – The September No Strings Burlesque and cabaret club

With an impressive line up of acts this evening had rather a lot to live up to……..and gosh it certainly did.  It was a real brace yourself (or corset up) kind of evening.  The No Strings events have now become so popular that as usual this show was a full house.

With an optional dress code of  ‘clown chic and carnie scum’ the Puppet Theatre became an eclectic mix of modern dress, burlesque gals, bearded ladies and clowns, just to name a few styles of attire being paraded round the room and mingling with the entertainers.

With doors opening at 7pm and the show starting at 8pm, it was fabulous to be able to have some pre show drinks and hear the noise levels start to grow as people started to relax and get in the mood for a good night out.

The drink prices were very reasonable indeed and at £3.20 for a large glass of wine (a can of coke was 70p) it felt great to have an evening out that didn’t break the bank. It was also possible to pre-order a drink for the interval, and true to their word it was ready and waiting as promised.

Before the show started we were treated to some great tunes from DJ Jazzlord, which  superbly added to the atmosphere.

The first act was The Hot Boppin Girls. One in a shell suit and one in what I believe to be velour sports wear…… I kid you not. A hilarious performance followed that saw them lose the track suits whilst dancing to rap music. Unique to say the least.

Another act – Ophelia Bitz entertained us with songs and general wit which had the house roaring with laughter, there were also a few shocked gasps heard! It was super that Ophelia returned in act two and treated us to a song that included the line ”Please don’t go topless mother!”

We also got some fire eating action and the final act involved an angle grinder being used on a pair of metal knickers……………

The night was wrapped up with more tunes from DJ Jazzlord, dancing and important conversations which involved comparing  facial hair. Some of it real…..and some of it not…………..

All in all a fun night. Burlesque, comedy, glamour and felt mustaches.What’s not to enjoy? Keep an eye on our events page  for the next extravaganza.