Search

Theatre review: The Hurly Burly Show at the Duchess Theatre

14:32 21 July 2012

Polly Rae (Performer) during the curtain call for The Hurly Burly Show at the Duchess Theatre. Photo by Dan Wooller/wooller.com

Polly Rae (Performer) during the curtain call for The Hurly Burly Show at the Duchess Theatre. Photo by Dan Wooller/wooller.com

All images are copyright Dan Wooller, 2012

The Hurly Burly girls up the ante in the second half of new show Naughty but Nice!

»The Hurly Burly girls return to the stage for what’s set to be another season of titillating peepshow.

The Benny Hill theme tune sets an unnerving opening that doesn’t truly fit the bill for what ensues. But what soon emerges is a welcome relief, a buxom blonde compere by the name of Miss Coco Dubois, who reveals each of her girls.

The very best of which, a certain Miss Polly Rae is saved for last and she doesn’t disappoint to say the least. She emerges from the ceiling to tease the audience with her Jessica Rabbit ways.

The girls don habits for an ecclesiastical number but are rudely interrupted. Head Girly the feared dominatrix of this saucy rabble soon appears to set the plot for the show.

With a medley of Britney, Michael Jackson and Kylie – who was in the audience – there is a definite cabaret factor.

Surprisingly the highlight comes in the form of an unexpected interpretive modern dance brunet duet to Portishead’s Glory Box, which is simply beautiful.

The interval leaves you feeling as though the show has brought nothing new to the burlesque table. Yet the second half is an entirely different bag. A mixture of Swiss ball routines and Freddy Mercury taches save the day.

The two hours whizz by as you are escorted through a world of cheeky Carry On comedy, superb dance, striptease and divine costumes.

If you are seeking risqué you may be left a little disappointed as this burlesque is mostly mild. But the girl’s glorious milky skin and beautiful bottoms will certainly make up for it. All in all the Hurly Burly girls are not spectacularly naughty, but are certainly very nice.

* The Hurly Burly Show – Naughty but Nice! is at the Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, WC2, until Sept 22.

0 comments

Latest Islington Entertainment Stories

Friday, April 29, 2016
The Caretaker at the Old Vic. Picture: Manuel Harlan

Of all the shows that Harold Pinter has influenced, Steptoe and Son wouldn’t spring to mind, yet the first half hour of The Caretaker is almost exactly that; a generational odd couple skirting round each other’s anxieties in a filthy, ramshackle apartment.

Friday, April 29, 2016
captain america

One of Marvel’s cleverest achievements was the sly way they brought their most problematic figure, Captain America, to the screen by turning the jingoistic flag waver into a representative of the country’s lost ideals.

Friday, April 29, 2016
Field Day in Victoria Park

Bringing politics into music can be a dangerous game. As much as the likes of Billy Bragg and The Killing Joke have found enduring success, there is an equal risk in becoming known as a rent-a-gob, and descending into caricature.

Friday, April 29, 2016
The Flick. Picture: Mark Douet

In the States, Annie Baker is the biggest thing since sliced bread – buttered with Bard.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read entertainment

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe