Burlesque dancer Cherri Bakewell shakes her feathers (picture taken by Paul Tsanos)

Burlesque dancer Cherri Bakewell shakes her feathers (picture taken by Paul Tsanos)

Nara Taylor, Queen of the Night, sings opera (picture taken by Paul Tsanos)

Nara Taylor, Queen of the Night, sings opera (picture taken by Paul Tsanos)

Some naughty ladies took to the stage at a new venue just opened in Liverpool city centre last night.

A performance art with Italian and French roots was being promoted at Monochrome, formerly a sports-themed bar, located in Sir Thomas Street, which certainly isn’t for the introverted.

Burletiquette is promoted and organised by Bella Besame, a northern lass with a serious passion for burlesque, the last Thursday of every month.

Besame was bringing burlesque to the city having promoted similar nights in Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester.

It was opening night and the few hundred sat around on leather beanbags on the second floor of Liverpool’s new venue got to experience the art of tease, with an opera twist.

Okay, admittedly, I was a little sceptical at what I was being invited to review, especially as my instant reaction was, “I’m off to a strip show!”

However, upon arrival, the audience had women outnumbering men easily and couples were aplenty dotted about.

The night was not sleazy by any means, just an evening of pure theatrical fun.

Introducing the four acts was quite an angry, somewhat scary, self-proclaimed “vampire, queen of the night” – Rosie Lugosi.

Lugosi and Besame interact like a devil with its slave as the latter totters about playing the maid, cleaning up after each act, whether it be glitter, feathered scarves, gloves or parts of underwear.

Two 45 minute shows are performed with Lugosi being compère for the evening, dressed in purple underwear, black stockings and top hat.

Soon we’re introduced to the “prim” and “possibly shy” Leigh Mon Meringue, the “fruity” and “vivacious” Miss Bijou Noir, the “frothy” and “feathery” Cherri Bakewell, before show stealer Nara Taylor Queen of the Night.

Each act performs twice, with Nara Taylor ending the show with a performance of Carmen backed by music supplied by, as he does all evening, DJ Dr Sid.

Monochrome is leading the way in being a bit risqué in Liverpool, but I suspect other venues holding these type of shows are a little more suited.

Attention to lighting, in particular, needs looking into because sometimes it felt as though you were conscious of your surroundings, instead of all the attention being put on the performers.

At £10 in advance, though, this is certainly great value, compared to other burlesque evenings you’re likely to see in places like Paris or London.

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