A perfect tease
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.