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REVIEW- Burlesque Off The Wall at Band on the Wall 30.05.24

Last night ‘Burlesque Off The Wall’ returned to Northern Quarter’s multi-award winning venue ‘Band on the Wall’.

Hosted by singer/burlesquer/performer extraordinaire Natalie Ciufo, the evening promised to be a Provocation-themed spectacle. And it certainly did not disappoint. Kicking off with a fierce rendition of ‘When you’re good to mama’ from Chicago, Ciufo owned the stage and kept the audience captivated with her gorgeous voice, expressive face and sensual movements.

Then it was time for the first burlesque performance of the evening - which was brought to us by Miss Rosetta Rodeo (hailing from the Wild, Wild (North) West). She sizzled with energy and mischievous charm; it was impossible to look away from her upbeat cowgirl themed performance.

Burlesque Off The Wall Cast Curtain Call
Burlesque Off The Wall Cast Take A Bow

Next came headliner Sparkling Spitfire ‘booty-shaking burlesque artist and pole dancer’, with a fabulously theatrical act that moved from classic cabaret-style burlesque into feisty neo moves seamlessly. 

After a short break, producer/organiser of ‘Burlesque Off The Wall’ Renee Du Maurier took to the stage. Her act ‘self-seduction’ was glamorous and sensual, a love letter to herself. 

Dawn Voz also performed, moving through the audience in a sparkling, extraterrestrial head piece and creating an other-worldly experience with her space-themed performance.

Then it was back to hostess, Natalie, to put us under her spell - which she most definitely did - this time with a sing and fling routine to ‘Why don’t you do right?’. Combining cheeky and sultry burlesque moves with her beautiful voice, she wrapped up the second half perfectly.

In the third and final act, we saw Headliner Sparkling Spitfire once more. She began her second act behind a white sheet, lit up to reflect her shadow as she performed a number of sensual and hypnotic moves. The act then moved into a fiery and energetic strip tease combined with lipsync - which was absolutely dazzling. We also saw Renee Du Maurier again, capturing us with her glitz and catapulting us into a more rock-chick style era, with energetic allure and enchantment - and a fabulous costume and organza boa too!

The evening then wrapped up with Natalie Ciufo performing a Postmodern Jukebox version of Careless Whisper, bringing her usual fire to the performance. Natalie was a delightful host; engaging, funny and wonderful to watch - even when she was simply introducing acts and telling the audience how loudly to cheer - her joy was infectious.

Burlesque Off The Wall was a fabulous evening, filled with glamorous burlesque, gorgeous music and tonnes of sparkle. Make sure you catch the next one -again at the historic Band on the Wall- in August. 

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