Delighting the South West’s burlesque lovin' folk since 2007 we are always planning how to create a memorable night out for everyone who buys a ticket. We have worked hard to get a fantastic reputation which means we can now attract really big names to our shows - in 2013 we moved our events to a very big venue which meant us putting on a theatrical spectacle whilst still retaining a feeling of inclusivity - we've had some great responses!
For those of you that haven’t been before you are missing out on a night that is dedicated to top class burlesque artistes and rockin’ tunes; blues, mambo, rock ‘n’ roll, retro sleaze and cool cheese, the joint is always jumping!
If you don't know what to expect from a burlesque night here are some reviews starting way back in 2009 with this one from Venus Noir!
"It was packed with people aged, 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's and even 60's, married couples, single, straight, gay, lesbian, rockabilly,
50's enthusiasts, lindy hoppers.
This list explains how diverse the crowd were at
Kinky and Quirky's , its a brilliant night out
where you can have a meal, catch a fabulous burlesque cabaret
and boogie until the early hours
(on a seriously packed dance floor)
to vintage sounds.
Its got to be one of the best authentic burlesque nights
I have ever been to."
25/04/09 Venus Noir
Review 07/09 Express & Echo
I’d been keen to go to one of Kinky & Quirky’s monthly
Burlesque and Boogie nights at Havana Exeter
since it began,so jumped at the chance to attend
Having not been to Havana for some time I’d forgotten what a
great space it was for nights like this.
Walking in we could see that almost all of the tables
and seats had been reserved. Obviously this was a popular event!
Compere and all- round gorgeous lady Sarah, a.k.a. Quirky,
spent the evening introducing beautiful ladies from
the South West and the North East,
all of whom provided some mild titillation and an awful lot of fun. Music boxes, sailor lasses, cider drinking farmer girls and
a fair few tassels
graced the stage throughout the night.
The audience loved them and teamed with some great music for dancing and a set by singer Becky Brine,
it was the best Saturday night I’ve had out in Exeter for a long time.
Speaking to other guests, many of whom were
‘dressed to impress’ and were of all ages,
they seemed to share in the sentiment that it was a brilliantly organized and greatly entertaining night.”
Review: Kinky & Quirky Burlesque, Ball and Boogie, Torquay,
Nov 30th 2013
Daily Dodo Blogspot
Hello lovely Dodos,
So something a little different for you this evening. I was invited to review a burlesque show on Saturday night- so if you're under 18, avert your eyes and if it's not your kind of thing, look away now...
I’m not a Burlesque virgin, having been to a couple of performances a decade ago at university, but I’d never really “got” it. Approximately 5 minutes into Saturday’s show I had my eyes opened- I might not be burlesque virgin but I’d certainly not achieved the Burlesque Big “O” before! Well Saturday night’s show certainly sorted that out!
I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I was invited to attend Kinky & Quirky’s Burlesque, Ball and Boogie, other than the fact that I’d more than likely be witnessing some stripping and nipple tassles. Such was my limited knowledge and experience of this bewitching art form. I did find myself wondering how suitable the Riviera Centre would be as a venue for a burlesque event. For me, burlesque brings to mind sumptuous velvets, swathes of satin, feathers and moody lighting– and the Riviera Centre, although impressive in size is a very blank canvas. I needn’t have worried about the venue as the three key ingredients of the night succeeded in completely transforming the space.
The first of these was the almost 1000 strong audience that descended like a motley flock of burlesque butterflies. Suddenly my classic little-black-dress and scarily high silver heels paled in comparison to the eclectic mix of corsets, wartime uniforms, cartoon characters, sailor girls, sequins, frilly hot-pants, feathers and plastic fruit (yes, really!). Being a part of this crowd was an experience in itself– the support and love they showed for the performers and Kinky & Quirky themselves was cheerfully and very vocally demonstrated throughout the evening.
The Second key ingredient was the fluent, cheeky and irrevent compering by Sarah Bell aka Quirky herself. Her personality filled the space and provided the perfect segue between the routines - and with such a large and lively audience to deal with - showed real skill and was actually one of my favourite performances of the night.
The third and final ingredient was, of course, the performers themselves. Now, don’t go running away with the idea that they were just a bunch of beautiful women who knew how to drive a crowd wild. Sure- the women were very beautiful, each with their own strong stage personality and style, ranging from irreverent and side-splittingly funny in the case of Shirley Windmill and her inventive use of a giant marrow, to Vicky Butterfly’s delicate and ethereal performance with an 8 foot, mirror-tiled crescent moon. And yes, they did know how to drive the crowd wild. But– and this is a very important but – two highlights of the evening were provided by the men- Dave the Bear and Craig the Incredible Hula Boy. Dave the Bear had the crowd eating from his palm with his flamboyant acts, making good use of some giant water pistols while he was at it and Craig the Incredible Hula Boy does exactly what he says on the tin– his “Super Human Slinky” finale with 30 LED hoops had the crowd on their feet.
One final word must be said about the performers. Kinky & Quirky succeeded in bringing together the best of British burlesque, as well as international burlesque royalty in the form of Lada Redstar and current “Reigning Queen of Burlesque”, Loulou D’vil. In short- this was world-class event happening right here in Torquay.
As for me- I now know that it’s far more than stripping and nipple tassles. There’s the fine arts of tease, timing, comedy, beauty and don’t event get me started on the mouth-watering costumes
In short: Kinky & Quirky is bawdy and naughty, Kinky & Quirky is side-splittingly funny, Kinky & Quirky is delicately beautiful, Kinky & Quirky is simply unmissable.
Review Burlesque Bible 30th November 2014
Kinky & Quirky’s ‘One Stop Vintage Shop’ Burlesque,
Ball & Boogie
As a huge burlesque fan, I was anticipating the 30 November with great excitement. Although I’d read books, watched videos online and followed various burlesque sites and blogs I’d never actually had the opportunity to attend a real, live burlesque event so I had no idea what to expect from the night – no preconceived ideas or prejudices – I approached the evening with a completely open mind.
Queuing outside the Riveria Centre allowed me time to get a good look at was everyone else had decided to wear. I was astounded at the variety of outfits everyone was wearing; there were glitzy bodycon dresses, vintage flare petticoats, sparkling tutus, multi-coloured bow ties, top hats and, of course, corsets galore! You could wear anything and everything. It was wonderful to see everyone dressed up for the night. I’d gone for a Jessica Rabbit look and wore a sparkly, red dress with purple arm-length gloves, shimmering heels and covered myself in glitter. Glitter is always good. The atmosphere was electric and I’d never encountered a group of people so quirky looking and it was great!
All the acts were incredible and there are too many to mention here so I shall just describe some of my favourites. The show began with Lilly Laudanum dressed as Queen Victoria stripping in a very pompous manner and as she unpeeled each layer a caption would display a witty comment ‘I am not amused’. It ended with Lilly displaying herself with a giant, black strap-on, which sent the crowd wild. It was quite the opener.
Craig the Incredible Hula Boy was nothing short of…well incredible! I have never seen someone handle hula-hoops with that precision and expertise. He performed two acts; the first an Elvis Presley number and the second with him dressed as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz with rainbow-coloured hoops. It was phenomenal! This second act received a standing ovation. I think it was the LED hoops that did it.
Dave-The-Bear was also fabulous, I particularly enjoyed his burlesque act to Video Phone by Beyoncé where he ground and shimmied across the stage in tightly-clad black trousers revealing pretty much all his arse. I have never seen anything like it. Some images displayed will be hard to forget. To conclude his performance he got member of the audience to squirt water from provided water guns onto his chest as he gyrated in the downpour. Epically entertaining.
The Burlesque Hall of Fame 2013 ‘Best Debut’ Lada Redstar AND ‘Miss Exotic World 2013’, Reigning Queen of Burlesque, LouLou D’vil were performing. How crazy is that? To have such talented international stars in Torquay! I was a little bit mind-blown at the mere idea of them being in the same vicinity as me, let alone performing live in front of my very eyes. The quality of their performances was superb and the execution of every shimmy, walk and extraction of clothing was captivating. It was evident that these were the best of the best.
Lada Redstar has this voluptuous, vivacious nature to her performances; she performed her ‘Swallow of Spring’ act and the act that won her, her title ‘Insectavora Queen of the Bugs’. LouLou D’vil is sensual, sassy and almost authoritative (she knows she’s good). She performed her fiery ‘Sirin – My Passion is Alive’ act and her ‘Sex on Legs’ Act which won her the title of Miss Exotic World 2013. I have to say, the costumes of these two acts epitomise glamour. Talk about decadence. I have major wardrobe envy.
A last favourite of mine is Vicky Butterfly. I think she is just beautiful. Her acts were soft, elegant and ethereal. She performed her ‘The Faberge Egg’ act, – it was just darling. She emerges out of this opulently decorated egg all feathered up like a baby chick. She did an entrancing fan dance with pearly white feathers before retreating back into the egg. Her second act is one that will stick in my mind for a long time because it was truly magnificent feat. Belle Epoque La Lune or ‘The Moon’ is simply a wonderful, dreamy illusion of a performance; a dazzling, giant moon (probably the hugest prop I have ever seen) takes centre stage and Vicky Butterfly spirals and twists on this rocking moon – an acrobatic sensation! She was like this tragic nymph dancing under the moonlight.
I had the most enjoyable evening and I would thoroughly recommend others to attend a Kinky & Quirky event because they are amazing (I’m running out of positive adjectives). I have nothing but praise for the night and all the wonderful burlesque performers; Angelique Dominique, Hot Cake Kitty, Ginger Blush, Shirley Windmill and Beatrix Von Bourbon. It’s really is a great chance to get all dressed up and immerse yourself in the eclectic world of Burlesque.
Here are some dates to mark on your K&Q social calendar for 2015
OUR NEXT DATE IS
October 31st 2015
We hope to see you there!
Kinky & Quirky