Goodwood Institute Theatre
Until 18 Mar 2021

Review by Fran Edwards

For this show to live up to its title the first thing required was a ‘swingin’ band and this group delivered the goods. Backing up their vocalist Caitlyn Hearne was a great ensemble, with Aidan McDonough on keys, Benjamin Finnis on guitar, Lenny Regione on the double bass, all supported by a grooving brass section of Josh Chenoweth (trumpet), Rowan Parkinson (tenor sax) and the lovely Ruby Mensforth (trombone).

With intriguing name like Betty Bombshell and Memphis Mayhem the first two lovely ladies gave the audience what they had been waiting for, sexy and sensuous they danced and removed items of clothing to some very familiar tunes. Desert Rose and Remi Reign made it all look very easy with their beautiful costumes and supple moves. Introducing all of these ladies was Lyra la Belle teasing and flirting with the crowd, encouraging them to show their enthusiasm. Last before the interval was Miss Burlesque SA 2018, the wickedly energetic Connie Curveball.

The second half of the show brought more performances from Liz Baker, romantically frothy, and Curvella in a slinky glittery green outfit that came off slowly. Then the stage lit up (literally) with LeopardLass with her hot version of Fever, complete with fire eating. Lastly our hostess Lyra was persuaded to ‘take it off’ and gave us a fitting finale.

A fun show, a bit steamy for some but definitely enjoyed by the crowd.

Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)