An Evening of Burlesque… and other antics
Burlesque, shadow puppets, dangerous juggling and most notably a Cabaret host who goes by the name Reuben Kaye! An Evening of Burlesque in Basingstoke, definitely goes beyond your usual Burlesque event; with a variety of performances and hilarious routines.
Reuben Kaye was unleashed in the Anvil last week and truly made my experience of An Evening of Burlesque. It was at this same event, with the same venue, a couple of years ago that I experienced my first Burlesque show and have been in awe of the beautiful Folly Mixtures. I was determined to become one and too excited not to leap up from my seat for the glittering Champagne finale.
It was a great event, with professionals who were not only comfortable in their act but with the crowd, something that always brings a performance to life. But for me personally, the act I had been looking forward to most lacked the stage personas I have come to expect from them.
The line-up for the Folly Mixtures has changed, which I will assume is due to their popularity (and wow do they look to be in demand via their Twitter). Bettsie Bon Bon, Flexity Spilts and Ooh La Lou are still strutting onto stages up and down the country; however they have recruited other Burlesque Stars to join their Troupe. Individually the new recruits that I saw were flawless. I truly loved the Slinky act by Storm Hooper and Peggy DeLune’s strip tease which was light hearted and really quite hilarious. Who knew tassels could be shaken from multiple curvaceous body parts? I honestly thought that was a really cool surprise, and from the whoops and cheers the audience were unsurprisingly as impressed as I was!
But whilst performing together it highlighted that they weren’t the original Troupe. I noticed one of the performers miss a step and I do not say this to poke fun, as it actually made them more endearing to me, as it showed the stars personality. She dealt with it very professionally, but I enjoyed that she showed her character as she laughed and shimmied back into position. New recruits you are different from the originals and that is great! Embrace it because you are talented and we want to see you too. Sure learn the Folly Mixture routines but don’t sacrifice your own personality for that because you look better doing your own thing! ‘Be yourself’ speech over I promise.
I still love the Folly Mixtures, and fingers crossed I haven’t offended them, because in all honesty I had a lovely evening and enjoyed seeing the new performers who also included Kitty Devine and Lola LaBelle. Perhaps it is the difference between those who have performed together for a long time and those still cutting the rug? I will also say that Eve having never seen The Folly Mixtures before, but familiar with Burlesque, enjoyed the performance greatly.
Moving on from The Folly Mixtures, as this wasn’t their show… IT WAS REUBEN KAYE’s. As the Host he was obviously going to own the stage and make a fuss of the Audience a lot, but his flamboyant and light-hearted approach made his performance truly shine.
Team his wicked humor, enough wardrobe changes to rival Katy Perry at the MTV Awards, with his flamboyant and fun approach to hosting. He is a hilarious, inclusive Host, more than ready to take the mickey out of himself which is always accompanied with a devilish grin.
An Evening of Burlesque returns next year and I would recommend it to all, especially to those who haven’t seen burlesque before and might be nervous. The anonymity of such large venues means you can feel at home instantly.
Well until your Host straddles your boyfriend that is 😉
Want to know more about The Folly Mixtures? Why not read our Interview with them here