High Tease and Vegas!
Not only is this glamorous team-up night a celebration of American Independence Day, there’s also another kind of emancipation going on. After eight years running a regular monthly event at Glasgow’s Ferry, the Edinburgh-based VEGAS! crowd have decided to call a halt and concentrate on individual one-off nights in the west. In collaboration with the Ministry of Burlesque’s touring cabaret strand High Tease, this fortnight they’ll be turning to the much more VEGAS!-suited confines of the beautiful Old Fruitmarket.
‘Eight years is a long time for one venue,’ says Ewan McNaught, alias Frankie Sumatra. ‘I mean, we’ve been going for 12 years in Edinburgh, but we’ve changed venues in that period. It gives the whole event a boost when you move it somewhere new, and it was time to do that in Glasgow. Things were getting a bit stale.’ For McNaught, the link-up with a reputed burlesque night is a no-brainer. ‘Stylistically and musically the events are quite similar,’ he says. ‘The theatrical and performance aspects of High Tease carry over into the emphasis on people getting dressed up, and into our homage to the 1940s and 50s.
The night will be split into two distinct parts, with the High Tease performance element preceding the VEGAS! club experience. Described by High Tease co-promoter Ingrida Dornbrook – who, along with business partner Julie-Ann Laidlaw, knows the VEGAS! team from having performed at January’s High Tease event in Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms – as a revue of ‘frisky burlesque, musical comedy, bawdy antics and sex appeal’, High Tease will feature a mixture of local and national acts, including some who have gone through the Ministry’s Burlesque Academy.
Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, Sat 4 Jul