Burlesque troupe performs Hollywood-themed act

Sunderland's very own Burlesque troupe the Coquette Collective have a cinema theme for their latest show, left to right; Gretchen Tice, Rocky Featherboa, Duke De Milo, Felicity Switch and Ruby Murray.
Sunderland's very own Burlesque troupe the Coquette Collective have a cinema theme for their latest show, left to right; Gretchen Tice, Rocky Featherboa, Duke De Milo, Felicity Switch and Ruby Murray.
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A BEVY of burlesque performers will take to the stage in a tribute to the silver screen.

The golden age of cinema and beyond forms the inspiration for the Coquette Collective’s latest nipple-tassel-twirling show.

The Sunderland-based troupe have outgrown their former home at the Royalty Theatre and will stage their first show this year at North Shore, formerly Manor Quay, on April 28.

It will feature a host of comedy, burlesque striptease and male – boylesque – performance from its stars.

Sean Coates, aka Duke de Milo, one of the troupe’s founders, said: “The old venue could only hold around 220 people and we were selling out the shows so we decided to move somewhere bigger to spread even more glitter and glamour around.

“The show celebrates cinema from the black and white era and old Hollywood glamour to modern Tarantino and sci-fi.”

At the helm of the troupe are founder members Duke, Gretchen Tice, Bette Buttons and Felicity Switch – who forged a bond through their shared love of burlesque.

Sean said: “We all met each other at other burlesque nights and got talking about how there was nothing like this in Sunderland.

“We started getting together every week and planned our first show.

“It took about three months of planning and we held it upstairs in The Borough pub.

“The stage was an old wardrobe and some beer crates, but the night was massively successful.

“They were queuing up the stairs, and we couldn’t fit any more in.”

Today their polished performances draws crowds from across the region.

Sean added: “There is no typical show, every one is different. It’s a total mix of variety, burlesque, boylesque, comedy, swing singers, opera divas, comedians and circus performers.

“It’s all part of the tease. Each show is different. You don’t know what you are going to get.”

l Tickets for Silverscreen Striptease are £5 or £10 for a seat at the front.

Doors open at 7pm and you can pay on the door or tickets and table bookings can be made at the Hustler store in Norfolk Street.

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