Die Gl’Amouresque – (rating 4/5)
It’s billed as ‘vintage charm with a modern twist’ but there is more to this risque performance by a Berlin-based burlesque and cabaret act who blend musical numbers with seductive dance routines.
The show attempts to recreate the old Berlin nightclub acts of the Sally Bowles era. Essentially, it involves the troupe dressing up and removing their clothes to an eclectic mix of music from the old German classics to Flight of the Bumble Bee and Prince to Pink Floyd and the Osmonds’ Crazy Horses.
The girls are trained ballerinas, none is German, though that doesn’t concern the audience who are happy to lap up the ‘action’, whoop to the stripping and clap along to the music.
There is a lot of sexual innuendo, some of it not so much innuendo as a gesture of intent.
This is a no-holds-barred romp rooted in traditional cabaret. It sets out to titillate and had the audience cheering for more.
Merchants Hall until 17 August