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The Gilded Merkin

10 November 13 words: Dom Henry

Cabaret tease action from Nottingham's quarterly burlesque fix at Glee

Sunday 3rd November saw Glee club host to another slice of sumptuous strip-tease and tongue firmly in cheek cabaret at it's quarterly burlesque-apade the Gilded Merkin.

Compere Des O'Conner, (not that one) a comedian and entertainer popular at the Fringe, was master of ceremonies for the evening in his eloquent Noel Coward reminsecent style. Landing a few wicked little numbers of his own in between routines, including a fab little skit about necropholia.

Nottingham's own rock n roll redhead Scarlett Daggers kicked things off with a flame filled fire eating strip routine to a rather fab big band version of Miss Spears 'Toxic', followed closely by Snappy O Shea in a Carmen Miranda style routine.

On the cabaret side of the evening with Des was The Tom Show, a variety performer who was set on having the audience spitting out their wine to some cringe making contortion, all the way through a tennis racket complete with dislocating limbs. Eeew. He later returning for a round of audience assisted sword swallowing,

The dancing tease came thick and fast thereafter with Beau Rocks giving us some sassy urban fox action to AC/DC's nightprowler and a well timed dose of Hendrix classic Foxy Lady. Missy Malone strutted her stuff in darkly glam crow number and Snappy O Shea was back to the beat of Goldfrapp in an Absinthe infused sequence.

After this, things took an increasing turn to the dark side (it being close to Halloween) with a cheeky eye popping, literally, number from Scarlett. Before a definite move into the performanc-y-art end of things with Missy Malone as a goulish mummy on stilts and a vampiric descent into blood spattered debauchery with a Marie Antoinette styled Beau Rocks.

Arguable highlight of the show was Vicky Butterfly, who we had seen in the first half in a dreamy 1920s swirling of robes and fabrics illuminated by flashing lamps. Then again in the closing number doing a classicly styled fan dance. Less tongue in cheek, more opium fuelled fantasy, and quite the contrast.

Hats off as always went to the well dressed audience, a good number of whom were indeed sporting a selection of very small hats and fascinators. Much kudos went to the guy dressed as Jack Sparrow for the best Halloween outfit and further prizes to the pussy fancying lady cat, who bagged best dressed from the vintage loving crowd.

If you haven't partaken already, check out the pics. Warning - may contain tassles...

The Gilded Merkin took place on Sunday 3 November 2013.

The Gilded Merkin website

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