Friday, July 10, 2009
License to Thrill
She spins around a pole in her lingerie. Twisting seductively, she gives a mischievous smile to the transfixed crowd. She winks. Then she removes her stockings and bra.
You may be forgiven for thinking you are surrounded by rowdy men in a strip-joint. But you look around and it is mainly couples and groups of girls in the crowd. It has been a night of glamour, theatre and comedy. A night of burlesque.
The burlesque scene has enjoyed a revival in recent years but that could all come to an end with plans that may see it treated in the same manner as simple strip joints. Is there really much of a distinction anyway?
I find out for BBC News.