A night of burlesque you just can’t beat

Kosmic Kitty - Kathy Rowan Drewitt, burlesque performer

Kosmic Kitty - Kathy Rowan Drewitt, burlesque performer

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Burlesque is back at Beat in Blackpool and looks like being another winner.

Black Country Burlesque’s first event there was packed out, and organisers are hoping for the same result on Saturday.

“It appears that word got out amongst all the country’s best artistes, and has increased the demand for playing the venue after the last show,” said a company spokesman.

Saturday’s bill includes Tobi James and Blackpool’s own Kosmic Kitty, who will be joined by a team of other dancers (such as Lethal Gem, Ruby Dazzler, Candy Carnival, Crystal Cupcakes, Twiggy Starlust, Dandy von Diamond, Daria D’Beauvoix, Lola Lashes, Bettie Wishes, Ruby Heels and Kitty Koko), magician Al Rudge and the vocals of Eva Fox, who will perform more classic numbers from her repertoire.

“Each performer will bring something different to the show, with balloon pops, fan dances and all sorts of cheeky routines to tempt and titillate,” said Kosmic Kitty, pictured, an astrologer who learned her burlesque skills at Blackpool Grand Theatre and has performing as a dancer for just over a year. “The atmosphere at a burlesque show is really what makes it so special, its like going back in time to a world of Hollywood glamour. It’s a world of make-believe, where anything can happen.

“The audience is usually more female than male, you get plenty of couples and groups of friends too. A typical member is between 30 and 50, but these shows attract all ages, and in our previous show the range covered 18 to 80+.”

She added: I’m keen to bring a monthly show to Blackpool next year, with each show different from the last. There are different performers and different routines, so the locals can come along to a show that is full. They will range between artistic, comedic and super sexy.

“The audience is encouraged to dress up for a special night out, and often take inspiration from the 30s, 40s or 50s. Think boas and fishnets. The men sometimes wear dinner suits or gangster style clothes. It’s like Bugsy Malone for the grown-ups.”

Doors 7pm. Show starts 8pm. £5 tickets in advance £7 on the door. And there’s 25% off food at Rose and Crown between 5pm and 6pm for ticket holders. Tickets available behind the bar at Rose and Crown or West Coast Rock cafe or at www.blackcountryburlesque.com/tickets.html.