"I had neither kith nor kin in England, and was therefore as free as air – or as free as an income of eleven shillings and sixpence a day will permit a man to be. Under such circumstances, I naturally gravitated to London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained."
Arthur Conan Doyle
A hedonistic evening of indulgent music, Pompeiian revelry, midnight performances and a den to confess to your vices.
Draw your mind to the New Romantics of the 80s and the Club Kids of the 90s, and you may well imagine the scene at Swank. The denizens of Birmingham rouse from hiding, don their most elaborate outfits, switch their players to 45rpm, some get out the chalky makeup and others step into their three piece suits.
The first 'Swank' night was hosted on 17th August. Music included the sounds of HI-NRG, Synth, Italo Disco and House with plenty of 80s classics from artists such as Madonna, Divine, Human League, Lime, Soft Cell, Heaven 17 and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
Their next night, Swank: Vanity and Vice promises to be even better than the first, with the chance to win a sinfully indulgent Roman themed cake, pose in the vainglory photo studio, confess at the alter of vice and enjoy a special, secret, midnight performance.
Capacity is limited however, which is a shame as this is an event that, with more people hearing the whispiers about an exciting new night, is sure to swell in numbers. If you would like to join us at the party, then book your tickets early! At only £3 early-bird prices (+50p booking fee), it's one of the cheapest Saturday nights in Birmingham, which totally juxtaposes it's great value!
Chaz Royal has been a producer of Burlesque for 10 years and, as a special anniversary treat, he is putting on two evenings of delight, with show-stopping performances from the winners of the World Burlesque Games and the cream of the international crop.
ISSUE FIVE sees an exclusive interview with the renowned producer, following his shows at Bush Hall on 23rd and 24th November.
To book your tickets, visit www.burlesqueking.com.
If you can't make it down the the Great Capital for his anniversary delights, then book your early bird tickets for London Burlesque Festival next year. PERFORMER? Apply until January to be part of the glitz and glamour: