"It's A Great Day for the Irish", Mercure Cardiff Holland House, Cardiff.
I expected the burlesque to be sexy. I expected the burlesque to be tasteful. What I didn’t expect was that it would be sparkling with wit.
The group acts were great, cuz there are women of all sizes and shapes, proudly flaunting their assets. The larger BBW ladies arguably fill up the basques and bustières better than your size 0 model, but I agree with what other women said to me, that just seeing so many different women looking beautiful is empowering.
|Miss Molly Toff Cocktail|
|Queen on set (wikipedia)|
The other person I must mention is Foo Foo Labelle herself – the doyenne of the burlesque shows.
In the first half she performed a delicately feminine Irish dance with two beautiful huge green feather fans. She ended very decorously with only three glittery shamrocks in appropriate places. Her dancing is top quality, of course, and that was an elegant number that greatly impressed. Then in the second half, she switched style completely and produced a rib-crackingly funny Little Mermaid singing the Under the Sea song. Now, The Little Mermaid has always been my favourite Disney Princess movie. But you could tell who in the audience was the mom of a little girl, cuz we were the ones completely crying with laughter. The sight of Foo Foo swimming backwards with a ditzy look on her face was something else! I shan’t ever be able to watch that film in the same way again. And a good job too, all the feminists cry indignantly!
Well, gosh, what more could you ask for in the way of feminist erotica? Sexy witty dancing that celebrates the diverse beauties of many female forms, and that interrogates femininity in a celebratory way. I haven't even mentioned the delicious high tea with champagne yet....! Bring on the next one.
And luckily, they are.
Burlesque Cardiff have an upcoming Welsh Burlesque Festival this very Saturday, and I strongly recommend you rush to buy tickets for yourself and all your Best Girl Friends, cuz it’s bound to be absolutely fabulous.