Kinky and Quirky Review – Laugh Out Loud Burlesque and Boogie Event

Following the interview with K&Q, I decided to explore what the pair had to offer Devon, in regards to an evening of burlesque and cabaret and here is what I discovered:

I had high expectations for my evening of burlesque with K&Q as when I spoke to others who had attended their events; I had not heard a bad word about their shows. I double checked to see if they had booked a hypnotist for their performances to make all these people say very nice compliments, but there were no hypnotists, yet surely their nights cannot be as good as people were saying?

Intrigued, I went along to the Corn Exchange in Exeter to see what all the fuss was about.  And Razz readers I was not disappointed.

However, half an hour before the event had begun, the person I was due to go to the event with had cancelled! This meant I was going solo, facing the fact I had to go to a show on my own was not something I was looking forward to, yet I needn’t have worried as the lovely Jayne on the door ensured I was on a table with others rather than sitting on my own. Thus I joined in with a Hen group who were great company and even led to this reviewer getting a free drink as well!

Before I digress further, I will inform you lovely blog readers of what performances took place. First up was a performer known as Hotcake Kitty, who entered the stage covered in balloons and teased the crowd by allowing some of them to pop the balloons, which was a great opening piece to the show and had the audience engaged from beginning. After Hotcake Kitty’s eye-popping performance, it would be a tough act to follow but Shirley Windmill held her own with her ‘Antonio’ act, where she is mourning over the loss of her lover ‘Antonio’. The act provided lots of laughter as she seamlessly went from singing to swinging her nipple tassels to the audience.

After this, we were introduced to Ginger Blush, who has recently been nominated for Best Burlesque Act at the London Cabaret Awards 2013, and surprised the audience by entering the stage in a hard hat, builders high-visibility jacket and tracksuit bottoms, which is not the first outfit you would think of for a burlesque performance but Ginger Blush, worked the outfit and had the audience eating out of her palm.

The final act of the first half was Kiki Kaboom, who describes herself as part clown and part sex kitten. She was also recently voted as one of the top 30 Worldwide and top 5 UK based performers by 21st century burlesque.com 2012. Her performance showed why she is deserving of such recognition as she provided an amusing and entertaining perspective on a Christmas Hangover and even managed to incorporate a sneaky drink of an audience member’s glass of wine in her performance!

The only thing I would change to this show is the length of the interval, it seemed to go on longer than a regular interval you would have at the theatre and I was itching to get proceedings under way and watch the next performance. However, during the interval I had the opportunity to cast my eye over the audience, and what struck me as unusual was how well dressed the audience were. Women were dressed in vintage dresses and the men were also suited and booted in retro apparel. There was a vibrancy of colour, sequins and feather boas, which made the audience seem like they were part of the show as well.

The second half of the show provided the audience with more tantalising performances from Hotcake Kitty, Shirley Windmill, Ginger Blush and Kiki Kaboom. Again the performances were of great quality and I would tell you more about each performance but I feel that this article would go on for too long! So, if you want to know more about these performances then I suggest that you look these ladies up online! Moreover, a mention needs to go to the master of ceremonies, Sarah, who managed to entertain and control the crowd in order for each segment to run smoothly.

The show ended with the Original Street Dancers who weaved through the audience and performed a group dance, which managed to incorporate some Morris dancing; for the first time it seemed Morris dancing suddenly got sexy! Leaving the crowd wanting more the performances had ended but the night had not yet finished as it was time to don the dancing shoes and dance the remainder of the evening away with retro tunes blasting from the Corn Exchange’s speakers.

If you are looking for something different to your average night out of clubbing or pubbing, Kinky and Quirky are the answer, as you will leave feeling that you have been entertained and a smile on your face.

Kinky and Quirky’s next show is at the Exeter Corn Exchange on April 13th 2013. To find out more information visit their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/Kinky-Quirky) or Twitter page. (@KinkyandQuirky)

Kinky and Quirky

This review can also be viewed at: http://razzmag.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/kinky-and-quirky/


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