A per­fect tease

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

DI­REC­TOR Gil­lian Crow will wind the clock back to the 1950s this week­end and lure Gold Coast­ers into a tra­di­tional bur­lesque club for Javeen­bah theatre’s new pro­duc­tion The Bur­lesque Ef­fect. The play, which is not a bur­lesque show but does fea­ture bur­lesque per­for­mances, fea­tures au­then­tic 1950s cos­tumes and casts stun­ning lo­cal dancers. The Bur­lesque Ef­fect fol­lows the story of James, a straight-laced con­ser­va­tive fel­low whose life is on track with a con­form­ist job, wife and home – un­til his boss drags him along to a bur­lesque club. When James first ex­pe­ri­ences the magic of bur­lesque, his life is turned up­side down. As he falls un­der the bur­lesque spell, James is drawn to Honey, a gor­geous dancer, and is forced to de­cide be­tween the life he has and one he can only dream of. Writ­ten by Wayne Tunks, the show pre­miered in Syd­ney in 2011. Crow says The Bur­lesque Ef­fect is a fast­paced emo­tional ride of danc­ing and drama. ‘‘It is sexy with­out be­ing in your face. It is more about the tease and the magic,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s pure en­ter­tain­ment and a feel­good show.’’ The Bur­lesque Ef­fect stars Rob Grif­fiths, Kate Bo­la­dian, Gai Byrne, Pia Bimbi, De­nis Watkins, Trevor Love, Clin­ton Brett, An­nie Crestani, Amanda-Lee Weatherby and Tracey Lord. Crow says a dozen per­for­mances, chore­ographed by Tess Burke, are threaded through­out the play. ‘‘The dance num­bers and cos­tumes are so eye-catch­ing,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s very di­verse and has cap­tured the ’50s bur­lesque style with­out be­ing too raunchy.’’

With a touch of Aussie hu­mour sprin­kled through­out the show, Crow says the au­di­ence may even see them­selves re­flected in the char­ac­ters. ‘‘It will def­i­nitely open your eyes to a new ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ she says. ‘‘Bur­lesque is so pop­u­lar right now, those new to it can ex­pe­ri­ence the en­ergy and the nov­elty com­bined with a great theatre story that’ll make you laugh and cry.’’

– ROSE SADLEIR

The Bur­lesque Ef­fect plays Javeen­bah Theatre, Nerang, Thurs­days to Satur­days at 8pm from to­mor­row un­til Oc­to­ber 12 with a 2pm mati­nee on Sun­day.

The Bur­lesque Ef­fect –

A scene from Javeen­bah’s a play that fea­tures bur­lesque per­for­mances.

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