Skiddle’s Top 5: Burlesque Events

We look at the resurgence of Burlesque in the UK, introduce our new Burlesque Search Page and share with you the top 5 Burlesque events happening in this country...

Rob Dixon

Last updated: 2nd Dec 2013

Photograph: Suzie Sequin 

Burlesque is an artform that has enjoyed a massive resurgence in recent times. Beginning in the 1840’s, Burlesque usually consisted of performances by the working classes as a way of mocking the strange ways and traditions of upper classes. Derived from the Italian word ‘burla’ meaning joke, the shows would employ spoofs of popular Shakespeare plays, classic literature and operas as a platform for their satirical parodies. 

At the core of Burlesque is an appeal to the senses, most notably lust and laughter. Edging on the naughty and the taboo, the innuendo and double entendre, all great cornerstones of the English psyche, the shows were a great success, although the demographic was largely the male working classes. As society evolved though it proceeded to spread to a much wider audience, changing its ideals as it went along. Nowadays it is more about empowering women, embracing their sexuality and femininity, showing confidence in expressing sensuality.

Often confused with just another term for stripping, Burlesque in reality is much more than that. To quote Caitlin Moran: “With burlesque the power balance rests with the person taking their clothes off”. Adding personality and depth that stripping completely lacks, the performers “sing, talk and laugh… They tell jokes”, they “explore sexuality from a position of strength, with ideas, and protection, and a culture that allows them to do, creatively, as they please”.

With ever more Burlesque events appearing throughout the country, the profession that gave The Pussycat Dolls their break is more relevant than ever.

Check out our Burlesque search engine to find Burlesque events near you!

Skiddle’s Top 5 Burlesque Events:

 
The Urban Voodoo Machine
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The Urban Voodoo Machine

The Con Club, Lewes

Saturday 1st Feb

7:30pm til 11:30pm

Minimum Age: 18

For ticket prices, please click here (Additional fees may apply)

Paul-Ronney Angel and his family of superbly talented musical miscreants return with their special B...

Professor Elemental, Aldous Pinch, Abrahams
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Professor Elemental, Aldous Pinch, Abrahams

KGH Rec Hall , Kettering

Saturday 21st Mar

7:30pm til 11:30pm (last entry 9:30pm)

Minimum Age: 12

For ticket prices, please click here (Additional fees may apply)

Raising funds for our Twinkling Stars Appeal we have lined up Professor Elemental, Aldous Pinch and ...

The Velvet Burlesque presents Cupid Stunts
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The Velvet Burlesque presents Cupid Stunts

Sheffield Library Theatre, Sheffield

Saturday 2nd May

8:00pm til 11:30pm (last entry 8:00pm)

Minimum Age: 18

For ticket prices, please click here (Additional fees may apply)

An extravaganza of fabulous Burlesque, Vaudeville, Cabaret, Circus, Drag & Variety acts, featuring a...

Oh My God! It
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Oh My God! It's The Church

MK11 LIVE MUSIC VENUE, Milton Keynes

Saturday 18th Apr

8:00pm til 3:00am

Minimum Age: 18

For ticket prices, please click here (Additional fees may apply)

Join us for the most beautifully bizarre nights Milton Keynes has ever seen! 'It's time all you sinn...