Hairy Pretty Things

So sexy that 70% of the room would leave pregnant with very hairy babies (and that’s not just the women) was the warning we received, as we sat ourselves down and prepared for the naughtiness about to come. They put the ‘Bare’ back into ‘Bear-lesque’, as the affectionately named Dave the Bear - alongside his trusting companion Mister Meredith - turned up the heat with their rendition of sultry songs.

Welcoming us to the world of Bear-lesque with a simmering routine, Dave the Bear really did try and bring ‘Sexy Back’ in his opening number, which was hilarious from the word go. Much like a first date, we were told to expect plenty of bad comedy and pointless information but I saw no one complaining as the audience roared at the cheeky innuendos and dirty jokes. Sailor outfits aside, Dave charmed everyone with his husky voice and certainly didn’t ‘loose his cool’ as one of his songs suggested. Backed by the brilliant jazz pianist Mister Meredith, who treated us with some of his own comical creations, Dave’s voice wasn’t bad and suited his admittedly cheesy songs (mostly those from 90’s girl groups).

No one needed to be told to ‘shake what mama gave you’ to the compilation of 90’s songs, own compositions and Jonny Cash meets Brokeback mountain-styled country music. They bridged the gap between sexy and gross in a brilliantly funny show full of naughty jokes that you love and livened it all up with a rude game of pass the parcel. It was soulful swing with bare bums thrown in, a comical recipe that was frankly hilarious.

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The Blurb

You’ve heard of burlesque, but have you heard of bearlesque...? Hairy growler Dave the Bear and ‘close friend’ Mister Meredith present something naughty, seductive, ‘sultry and soulful, I could have listened to him all night’ (Scotsman).

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