The Ministry of Burlesque presents High Tease
Classic Grand, Glasgow, Sat 3 Feb
Burlesque, a word used with some specificity by this six-year-old company, is a quite separate form from music hall or vaudeville although it has many traditions in common. Granted, many of the turns are the same - comics, singing, dancing and acrobatics - but the tone was traditionally quite different in the heyday of this form. For Burlesque, from which the striptease originated, was always the slightly seedier little sister of the more mainstream entertainment - edgier both politically and aesthetically, and much more frequently raided by the police.
Yet the camp appeal of this kind of jamboree is pretty obvious. So it is no surprise that the recent revival of burlesque has been such a success. Since its inception in 2001, this outfit have played to packed houses all over the country. Its return to its Glasgow origins, complete with fire eaters, tassel-wearing dancers, drag acts and song is sure to sell well. With acts like Kittie Klaw, Missy Malone and Ophelia Bitz on the bill, you can be pretty certain of what you are going to get. And with a percentage of profits going to the restoration of the Britannia Panopticon theatre, your enjoyment is all in the name of a good cause.