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Sunderland burlesque troupe the Coquette Collective are gearing up for a hot summer show. Katy Wheeler finds out more.

HEAD down to North Shore on Saturday and you’re in for an all dancing, all acrobatic, all tassel-twirling night of entertainment.

The Coquette Collective’s Golden Garter burlesque show promises to be a feast of striptease, comedy and cabaret.

It’s the second time the talented performers have taken to the stage at their new residency, the former Manor Quay club in St Peter’s.

Duke de Milo, co-founder of the collective, said: “We had great feedback after the last show. People seemed to really like the cabaret seating and the atmosphere more than an at our old location at the Royalty Theatre.

“This is our summer variety show and it’s a real mixture so you never know what you are going to get when someone comes on stage.”

As well as performances from regular, local coquettes – Gretchen Tice, Felicity Switch, Miss Mimi La Fach and Rocky FeatherBoa – the show will feature guest appearances from national performers.

Duke said: “I’m really excited to see Cherry Shakewell. She’s from Brighton and I’ve been trying to book her to perform up here for a couple of years. She’s one of my favourite performers on the scene and is popular with celebrities. She’s performed at Colin Farell’s and David Walliams’ birthday parties and now she’s coming to Sunderland.

“Frayed Knot are also excellent. They are a Chinese pole acrobat act and the strength that is required for them to perform is amazing.”

Other performers are set to include Eliza DeLite who was recently crowned Best British Female at the World Burlesque Games 2012.

Sultry belly dancer Joanne Bramley is also gearing up to wow the crowd with her fan routines and mesmerising movements.

Bette Buttons, meanwhile, will be spinning tracks and the bar will be open til 1am.

Doors open at 7pm for an 8.30pm show. VIP tables are £10 a seat which includes a champagne and cupcake reception. Regular seats are £5 on the door or £4 for students with ID.

Tickets are available from Hustler Fashion, in Norfolk Street.