(BFB) Burlesque fan Birdy took herself to the dependable Voodoo Rooms for some sure-to-be red hot shows – the first of which being ‘Blues and Burlesque’, which was absolutely wondrous.
As someone who loves burlesque, I was all set for a night at the Voodoo Rooms – with award-winning Blues and Burlesque first on the bill. I was not disappointed by this sweet, sentimental, and jaw-dropping show.
The show stars Pete Saunders and Belle de Beauvoir (although, this show also featured Roxy Starmuff not mentioned in the listing), and the blurb reads: ‘What happens when a libertine jazz reprobate meets a supernova of the modern striptease?’ Well, you’re about to find out!
Pete started the show with a little introduction about how he’s the blues part of Blues and Burlesque, but he could be persuaded to strip if needs must. He played a couple of blues numbers before introducing Belle to the stage.
Not having seen much of Belle before tonight, I was completely bowled over by her utterly mesmerising performances. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I’m pretty sure the best phrase I can come up with is ‘stage presence’. Combine that with the gorgeous outfits, graceful moves and her sultry vocals, and Belle is a powerhouse performer you can’t take your eyes off (also, the photos turn out really well!).
However, when Belle and Pete are on stage together, there’s such a great chemistry there, and it really pulls the show together. It’s smooth, polished and absolutely tantalising.
My favourite bit of the show was definitely the blues version of Kylie Minogue cover Loco-Motion. It’s all felt very Postmodern Jukebox-esque which I was 100% there for.
Roxy Stardust’s (or is it ‘Starmuff’? She seems to go by both depending on where you look) performance served up attitude and swagger, and she just won herself a new fan. Her Pissed-Off-Scots-Chick-Doesn’t-Give-a-Fuck vibe provided a nice change of pace to the show, and I was highly entertained throughout.
I’d definitely recommend this show to anyone who loves a bit of burlesque of an evening, and if you’re lucky you’ll even get to see Pete’s duck hat.
The show is on at 21:10 most nights in the Ballroom, Voodoo Rooms (19a W Register St, Edinburgh EH2 2AA) and you can get your tickets here.