Burlescapades! Valentine Venetian Masked Ball
The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, Fri 15 Feb
‘Some of the acts will have a Valentine’s theme, some a Venetian, and others a bit of both. We even have a pillow fight,’ laughs burlesque performer and Burlescapades! organiser Lily White. ‘It’s not strictly just burlesque and striptease, we really go for a cabaret atmosphere, so it’s more like a variety show.’ And with a veritable gamut of some of the UK’s best burlesque performers and musicians taking part, from brunette bombshell Leyla Rose to Gwendoline Lamour and Missy Malone, Burlescapades! has a little something for everybody.
So what can first-timers expect from the decadent affair? ‘Our headliner Gwendoline will be performing her Venetian boudoir show, which has already been showcased at one of Elton John’s White Tie and Tiara Balls, where she ends up wearing two glitter-filled golden powder puffs and nothing more. Her costume has about 4000 swarovski crystals sewn into it so it’s very glittery and very opulent.’ Also performing on the night will be Boo Hewerdine, best know for his collaborations with Eddi Reader. However at Burlesquapades! Hewerdine will play a selection of hits and debut his one-man comedy show.
Jeans, trainers, and all manner of casual wear are a strict no-no (Gypsy Rose Lee would be turning in her grave) but anything from full-length ball gowns to top hats are more than welcome. ‘Some of the best shows I’ve been to are the ones where you can hardly tell the difference between the audience and the performers,’ adds White, ‘So don’t be shy!’