Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Burlesque To Boylesque In London: Only One Tassel Needed

By Rebecca Brett.

There’s something very sexy about seeing a gorgeous, curvy lady jumping up and down on stage in nothing but a sparkly thong and glittery nipple tassels. No man or woman can say they don’t love a bit of burlesque. Over the last couple of years there’s been a real boom of bouncing babes in barely-there outfits, but what about the boys? What about us girls and gays who want to see ripple-chested men thrusting around semi-naked showing us their pert posteriors?

I appreciate a beautiful naked lady just as much as the next person but there has been a definite lack of naked men (that doesn’t involve a trip to see the Dreamboys) in London.

Until now.

Welcome to the world of Boylesque. Yes, boylesque. According to one of its stars, a certain Equador the Wizard, “Boylesque is like Burlesque, only with boys and only 1 tassel” and if there’s anyone to trust when it comes to boylesque, it’s this guy. I saw him at Scala back in 2009 when he won best new male at the London Burlesque Festival. It was quite a surprise to see a male torso on stage after so many beautiful boobs, and this wizard was magical in a plethora of willy-spinning ways.

So when an invite popped in to my inbox offering dinner and spandex-covered men, there was no way I was going to miss more of the same! I grabbed an equally excitable friend/sex fiend and headed along to The Brickhouse on Brick Lane for a night of Wham! Bam! Kaboom! A superhero boylesque show hailing all the way from Seattle.
The show - featuring the effeminate Paris Original (below bottom), the handsomely beautiful (in a way that both men and women would find him attractive) Luminous Pariah (above), and big strong burly Trojan Original (below) - is an engaging show of striptease, dance, comedy running-man moves and song from busty babe and story-teller for the evening, Leeni (that's her at the top).

The plot follows the sexy crime-busting trio as they fight against an evil swan that has bitten Leeni (who also pops up as 90’s heroines Celine Dion, Bjork and Cher) and plans to take over the world. Still with me? If you’re not, pay a visit yourself and it will all become clear.

The show, running until June 18th 2012, starts at 9pm. It’s £10 on a Saturday or free if you turn up before 7:30pm for a few drinks on a Friday night.

For the peckish amongst you, you can get the show AND a 4-course meal from £37.50, which includes dishes such as the delectable and unassuming French bean salad, fresh Sardinian fish melange and rhubarb and ice cream dessert. You can book this offer using the reservations calendar below.

Aside from the sexy quartet at The Brickhouse, man-hungry ladies (and gays) can get more rippled chest, taut thigh and burly bicep action elsewhere in London. Here’s the best of the rest:

Dinner and dance will never be the same again after you’ve been to Volupte, where you can join Gracie and the G-Spots as well as magical crystal ball guy Matt Hennem and boylesque star Spencer Maybe for a 3-course dinner with a difference. Shows are every week and cost £50 (inc dinner), for a list of show dates check out their website.

Celebrate the half way mark through the working week and head to the famous Madame Jo Jo’s for Tranny Shack, which pretty much does what it says on the tin! The avant-garde cabaret club night takes place every Wednesday with drag queens, gender illusionists and transsexuals galore. Not for the feint hearted, the debaucherous night is hosted by The Very Miss Dusty ‘O’. You can’t get dinner here but entry is just £5 or if you’re feeling adventurous, go there in drag and get in for free!

No mention of boylesque is the same without a bit of Bearlesque, for ladies who prefer cuddly and hairy to lean and mean. The Dream Bears - comprising of three larger-than-life guys, Justin, Luke and Rob - are an all-bear dance, burlesque and cabaret troupe. Flashdance will never be the same way again, thanks to these three hairy guys in itsy bitsy leotards. With rave reviews from the Britain’s Got Talent judges, these guys are a must. Check them out performing on the last Saturday of every month at Guilty Pleasures at KOKO in Camden.

And you ever tire of boylesque, you can always return to old faithful: the girls of burlesque. To discover burlesque venues in London, click here.

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