When: October 29th 8pm
Where: The Magnet, 45 Hardman St
Next up on our Halloween schedule is the woman-centric Spare Rib Burlesque and Cabaret, founded in 2014 by performers in their own right, Minxie Coquette and Tilly Mint.
According to Minxie, ‘There was nothing like it in Liverpool at the time. We have the Martini Lounge as a big burlesque theatre show and the occasional tour, but nothing feels quite like a small cabaret show, and it allows people to see performers of different levels and experience. First and foremost I wanted to create a platform for women performers to create and show the world their skills and passions!’
Unlike the Martini Lounge where tickets cost upward of £20, the Spare Rib hosts professionals like the queen of comedy Velma Von Bon Bon, to amateurs taking that nerve-wracking first-time plunge into embracing the clunge (ergh, sorry). The Spare Rib is where I performed with the Jazz-esque girls for the second time, the smoky basement providing safe stage for women getting to know their bodies (does that sound rude? My first language isn’t English OK, bah). Not letting the girls have all the fun, Minxie and Tilly often host pre-show classes ranging from drag kings to boylesque, as well as a memorable “twerkshop”.
Proceeds usually go to charity, so it’s fitting that the girls are particular supporters of RASA (Rape And Sexual Abuse) in a world where women are often “asking for it” based on their clothing. The girls have previously had to defend themselves against claims that women stripping is inappropriate when trying to raise money for a charity supporting men and women who have suffered sexual abuse.
But there’s something so sensual and empowering about burlesque; rather than stripping to arouse men, it celebrates the female form, and you’ll often find the majority of attendees at these shows to be women. Burlesque is about women supporting women on their journey towards self acceptance and love.
So! On to the good stuff. Your compere for Thursday evening will be the whip-cracking Diva Hollywood, who has headlined the best burlesque & cabaret clubs from New York to Milan. We’ve already seen a clip of Minxie’s Wednesday Addams inspired act, and it’s very cute.
There will also be burlesque from Lola Rogue and Tilly Mint. Debuting at the Spare Rib will be Little Peaches, the best thing to come out of Australia since a whole country losing its prime minister by letting him wander into the sea then naming a swimming pool after him.
When you’re bored of boobs (wtf?) there’ll be magic from Ashleigh Goodwin and music from Jodie Anderson.
For the chance to win some cheeky goodies bring some extra pennies to enter the raffle. Girl on Purl Action will also be selling their knitted wares.
For the chance to win 2 x FREE entries, head over to http://www.facebook.com/BossLiv to share the relevant post and tell us what makes YOU feel sexy. Best answer will be chosen Tuesday 11pm.
Fancy dress encouraged!
Tickets £8 on the door or £6 from http://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Liverpool/The-Magnet/HALLOWEEN–The-Spare-Rib-Burlesque–Cabaret/12534611/