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Blues And Burlesque Speakeasy Show (Pete Saunders Blues and Burlesque Group)

By | Published on Wednesday 7 August 2013

When Pete Saunders (formerly of Dexy’s Midnight Runners) croons his sultry New Orleans ballad to the ghosts of Saturday-night cabaret, you might be mistaken in thinking that this show is an echo of the decadent 30’s, but its two lead performers strike a keen balance between retro burlesque and modern club performance. Vicious Delicious has a spontaneous, frenetic delivery, a hybrid of the comedy and hip-hop MC, switching freely between voices and modes, mugging for laughs one minute, the next sultry and vulnerable. Scarlette Belle is a counterpoint to the fast paced MC, taking her time, pacing the reveal, with one number in particular making explicit what burlesque is: a controlled withholding, the arousal of prurient interest, not its gratification.

Laughing Horse @ The Blind Poet, until 25 Aug, 1.30am.
tw rating 4/5 | [Joe Abel]