Teasing out an eye-catching show

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EVER seen a girl strip to reveal her buns of steel while wearing a welder’s mask?

I have – and it was an eye-catching show stopper to say the least.

Ooh La Lou’s performance was just one of many glittering highlights at the Silverscreen Striptease burlesque show.

Hosted by Sunderland-based burlesque troupe, the Coquette Collective, it featured tributes to movies throughout the ages with a twist.

London performer Ooh La Lou’s energetic routine was of course a burly take on Flashdance, but there was also tassel-twirling turns based on The Wizard of Oz, Cabaret, Pulp Fiction, Rocky and more.

The action took place in North Shore, formerly Manor Quay, at St Peter’s Campus.

It was the first time the troupe had performed at the venue, but with its domed setting and space for candle-lit tables, it felt like an “old skool” cabaret club, and worked a treat.

At the helm was Sean Coates, from Plains Farm, as compere Duke de Milo and his co-host Little Gem, who interspersed the various acts with quick-witted, tongue-in-cheek banter.

Coquette shows are as glamorous as you would expect from a burlesque troupe: a celebration of the female form, feathers and fabulosity. But they also provide a modern take on the art form.

Performer Gretchen Tice in particular perfectly captured the essence of the films she portrayed through the medium of dance. She stepped into Liza Minnelli’s shoes with aplomb for a recreation of her iconic chair-based performance from Cabaret and managed to be both funny and scary in a take of The Ring.

Felicity Switch, meanwhile, oozed sexuality as a 1940s Scarlet O’Hara-esque siren who teased off her clothes to reveal fancy, frilled lingerie and stategically-placed glitter stars.

She’s a perfect example of the right balance the troupe manage to achieve between being teasy without being sleazy.

But it wasn’t just the girls who undressed to impress.

The night also featured Rocky Featherboa’s debut solo boylesque (male burlesque) performance.

He teased off his boxing gloves and dressing gown to reveal sparkly shorts and a six pack – it was quite a combination.

Make sure you catch the Coquettes who will next perform at North Shore on June 23.