Club Noir: Summer Holiday
‘No-one’s got any money at the moment. Everyone’s unemployed or worried about their jobs. Volcanic ash clouds are spoiling people’s travel plans, and who would dare go to Greece on holiday right now? So we thought, for anyone who can’t get away on holiday this year, they can at least get their bikini and fake tan on, come along to our club and pretend they’re far away from it all.’ So says Tina Warren, the lady in charge of Glasgow’s original and best burlesque extravaganza Club Noir.
Thankfully the onslaught of burlesque nights of varying quality which threatened to overrun Scotland’s clubs in the last few years has died down, but it’s equally pleasing to see the Club Noir brand rolling on. Now running four events a year (and one with a ‘secret partner’ coming up at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, at the HMV Picture House), the night still relies on a combination of risqué glamour from their performers and crowd, and a saucy, tongue in cheek sense of humour which veers towards the Carry On.
‘Spreading our events out allows us to make them bigger and more spectacular,’ says Warren. ‘It’s something our regulars can put in their diary, plan their costumes for and really look forward to, but it’s also easier for us to organise. This time we’ll have a saucy seaside postcard act, a Shanghai madam, a Turkish Delight act, the Kenya Warriors dance troupe, breakdancers. These aren’t all staples of your classic British holiday, but as long as they feel exotic and summery, that’s what we want.’
O2 Academy, Glasgow, Sat 29 May