Blues and Burlesque: Happy Hour

Created by the wonderful Pete Saunders and his lovely ladies Miss Vicious Delicious and the delightful Scarlet Belle, Blues and Burlesque: Happy Hour offers an enchanting evening of Cabaret at the exclusive Caledonian Hotel. A wonderful introduction to the world of Burlesque, the award winning group present an impressive, fully formed production with a superb light touch for the Burlesque virgin.

As a complete set, the wonderful trio push to please and please they do.

Charming from start to finish, Saunders has an art to working the house and a fantastic ease with which he weaves together the show. An accomplished pianist and songwriter, Saunders breathes the blues and gives a resounding performance with his three piece band. His songs are light-hearted and funny, teasing his audience and superbly complementing Miss Delicious as compère. Although she lacks the finesse of her counterparts, Miss Delicious is an enjoyable host with an admirable wit. A few numbers feel a little forced and a poor sound check doesn’t help her already rusty high notes. She adds an edgy humour to the show, but unlike Belle and Saunders, there is a tendency to push the persona too far.

Winner of the 2013 World Burlesque Games, Miss Scarlet Belle oozes sex, sass and sophistication. A tantalising tease, she has a wonderful control over her audience and is an outright impressive performer, outshining the more aggressive Miss Delicious. Scarlet effortlessly eases desire out of each and every gentleman in the audience with her sleek, soft touch. Her songs are the stand out moments of the show and she builds a fun, flirty atmosphere in the luxurious Caley bar.

As a complete set, the wonderful trio push to please and please they do. Saunders is uncompromisingly suave, Belle is a real beauty and despite her faults, Miss Vicious is just so deliciously naughty. The show is not faultless, but the fireworks are fantastic.

Reviews by Max Falkenberg

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The Blurb

Dexy’s Pete Saunders is joined by multitasking showgirls Vicious Delicious and Scarlett Belle bringing you an eclectic mix of live original blues, belly chuckles and burlesque from London’s West End. Sell-out shows Edfringe, Perth Fringe World, Adelaide Fringe. **** (ThreeWeeks).