Funny Girls Blackpool
Show girls have been part of resort entertainment for aeons. With Las Angeles being the ‘West End’ standard for revue shows around the world, Blackpool’s Funny Girls brings a bit of that glamour back to the North West. Established in 1994 and located in the stunning art deco venue of the Odeon Cinema, this burlesque comedy where boys will be boys and girls will be … err … boys, is a fun night out for all.
The Mistress of Ceremonies, Zoe, is a surviving member of the original line-up, and has a certain expertise with showing everyone a ‘special time’. Ribald humour full of innuendo flavours her repertoire, alongside fabulous costume work and perfect looks. Zoe insists that botox is not the secret to her youthfulness, and you will have to see the show to find out what she thinks the answer is!
Escape from reality
Funny Girls invite you to visit another dimension, with the whole show geared towards having a good laugh. This revue lead the way for burlesque performances, before the burlesque revival, and attracts high quality dancers and singers from that scene. Male dancers include Mark; who is a gifted choreographer; Dan; direct from Las Angeles with Irish river-dancing feet; Garry from London who also works as a personal trainer and has a physique to die for; and Rolando who smoulders the ladies in the audience and causes much excitement.
I’ve left the best until last – the girls! Miss Amber likes her flamboyant feather outfits and tight trouser flares and claims Steel Magnolias for a favourite film. I say ‘claims’ because Amber is particularly scathing in her humour about married life, and must have mistaken Steel Magnolias for a satirical comedy, and not the real-life documentary it actually is.
Miss Jade is a beautiful dancer and pays particular attention to her make up and costume accessories. Alongside several of the Funny Girls cast who claim that Sunday Roast dinner is their favourite meal, for the life of me I cannot see where she puts it all. She surely has hollow legs.
Tallulah brings an international flavour and has danced in the Champs Elysees Lido show, and in Australia. She doesn’t say if she has met Priscilla, Queen of the Desert while Down Under, but with her penchant for “anything sparkly”, I would say it is highly likely she did.
Krystal has my favourite personal motto, which is something about if you show some cleavage everything will be fine. For some reason I find this utterly hilarious, and it is enough to tempt me to check out Funny Girls next time I am in Blackpool for a truly fabulous, darling, night out.