Saucy, swinging, 70‘s Soiree!
Live music Cabaret with Lady Beau Peep, Bruise Violet and Pete Saunders
THE RIALTO BRIGHTON
After this year’s sell-out run at the Brighton Fringe Festival the Blues and Burlesque crew are back with a new show. Once again, songs and piano playing from ex-Dexys jazz reprobate Pete Saunders are upstaged superbly by the show’s extraordinary hostess Lady Beau Peep ... you can call her mistress! By day she’s busy with school runs and tupperware parties, by night she indulges her bondage fantasies and some of yours! Come prepared for good laughs, some great songs and completely gratuitous undressing from their burlesque guests.
After last year’s sell-out run, the Blues and Burlesque are back with a new show. Once again, songs and piano playing from ex-Dexys jazz reprobate Pete Saunders are upstaged superbly by the show’s extraordinary hostess Lady Beau Peep ... you can call her mistress! By day she’s busy with school runs and tupperware parties, by night she indulges her bondage fantasies and some of yours! Come prepared for good laughs, some great songs and completely gratuitous undressing from their burlesque guests.
This clever infusion of comedy and burlesque from Dexys’ former piano man Pete Saunders proved to be a treat. Initially only opening with Saunders, this left the audience confused as to when the burlesque half of the Blues and Burlesque would be coming. They were soon reassured when the main man teasingly asked if one of the dancers should be brought on to the stage and, once in the limelight, the sassy burlesque dancers gave it as good as they’ve got, in playful contrast to Saunders’ own unrelentingly dour demeanour.
Main mistress Lady Beau-Peep was the undeniable star of the show. In spite of Saunders’ impressive lyrics and faultless piano playing, the Lady’s provocative interactions with the audience were what truly made for an all-inclusive atmosphere. Her preying on bashful audience members never caused offence, mainly due to her ability to make herself look more ridiculous than each of her victims, diverting them from their own embarrassment.
With Saunders quipping early on that he wanted to make it a show explaining his miserable existence, his decision to include humorously depressing songs alongside uplifting burlesque resulted in the much enjoyment throughout. If you’re looking for a great combination of music and laughs, this fifty-minute show of feistiness and fun is a sure-fire way to get it.
In 2005 Pete Saunders worked at a London burlesque/cabaret venue in Holborn, playing the piano before shows and introducing acts. This led to him putting shows together such as Blues and Burlesque. Blues and Burlesque became an independent performing group with Vicious Delicious and Bouncy Hunter putting on weekly shows at Volupte with artists such as Dusty Limits and Polly Rae and then other Venues. In August 2012 after leaving Volupte the group put on a show at the Counting House in the Edinburgh fringe festival with regular sell out shows. This was repeated in 2013 in the Blind Poet with Scarlett Belle performing instead of Bouncy Hunter. In 2014 Pete took the Blues and Burlesque group to the Perth and Adelaide Fringe festivals where they had two sell out runs.
Saunders vocal style and wit provided a memorable experience along with his observational one liners and packed full to the brim original songs . A recommended show to catch in the highly appropriate Rialto Theatre.
FRINGE REVIEW RECOMMENDED SHOW 2016.
La Bohème, Wed 17 Feb 2016
A snappily-dressed Pete Saunders sits at his piano and starts playing for the rapidly filling La Bohème audience. He plays some introductory pieces while the stragglers enter and get settled; his foray into a blues-infused Coronation Street theme is a nice touch.
Saunders, a polished veteran of London’s burlesque scene, is disarming while appearing to be mildly uncertain about what is to come this evening. Of course, this is all part of the show and the next hour is nothing short of brilliant. No Angels On A Saturday Night sets the scene perfectly.
The show is based around Saunders’ own songs, which cover a range of moods and themes. The delightfully cynical It’s All Good provides a jaunty insight into the minds of the happily ignorant, while A Bit More Lovely Every Day flawlessly captures the spirit of enduring affection.
The performance is augmented by some delightfully naughty burlesque, courtesy of the gorgeous Sarina del Fuego and Lola LaBelle, and this is enjoyed by all. There are some genuinely funny moments too, largely courtesy of Rudi the sad-faced clown. If you like your Wagner sung by a chap with a red ball for a nose, Rudi is your man.
There’s almost continuous interaction with the crowd, a relatively easy task in this intimate venue, and Saunders also manages to pack in around a dozen songs.
The hour passes rather too quickly and most of those present would happily stay for twice that length of time. Saunders’ songs are insightful, his piano playing doesn’t miss a note, his chat is erudite as well as being amusing, and he has a great singing voice to boot. This is a charming, colourful and interesting show, skilfully presented by Saunders and his friends. It is only on until Sunday, so get down and see it while you can!
A Blues And Burlesque “It’s You It’s Not Me” continues at La Bohème from 9pm until Sun 21 Feb.
London based Award-winning Blues and Burlesque group formed by songwriter and pianist Dexy's Pete Saunders
"Highlight of this year’s Fringe" With live original music from Dexy’s Pete Saunders, this is an "extraordinary fusion of blues, comedy and burlesque" - Heckler.com.au. Back from sell out runs in Perth and Adelaide with rave reviews and a Perth Fringeworld Commendation: Best Cabaret Show.
Quote from the Heckler 2014
"Live music Cabaret Blues and Burlesque is the brain child of former Dexy’s Midnight Dexy'Runners’ pianist Pete Saunders and is an extraordinary fusion of blues, comedy and burlesque, featuring Saunders on the piano and vocals, envious chav comedienne Vicious Delicious (Leah Shand)
making for one of the finest hours of entertainment you will see at the Fringe. "
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The HECKLER March2014
"Many of the remaining performances of Blues and Burlesque are sold out
rush out and get your tickets before you miss a highlight of this year’s Fringe"
photo Chris Benson
Blues and Burlesque shows Hotter than Hell and is brought to you from the prestigious London's West End Cabaret scene. After 3 successful years at Edinburgh Fringe and two in Australia a jam packed show full of an exciting mix of Blues, Comedy and Burlesque. All to live and original music written by ex Dexys Midnight Runners man Pete Saunders.
Rip it Up March Magazine Adelaide 2014
"danger lurks just around the next chord of Saunders’ pulsing rhythms. Timing is everything and all three had it like a raunchy Swiss clock"
Vicious Delicious " hints of a good time that could land you in jail."
"Great jazz and blues backing from one time founder member of Dexys Midnight Runners,Pete and his musicians together with comedy and dance have made this the ultimate Variety Burlesque show " Erotic Review
BLUES AND BURLESQUE
"Blues and Burlesque is a thoroughly engaging show that gives Blues and Burlesque a range most other shows aren’t even aware of "
This is Cabaret 2012
Damn, but that man can play a keyboard"
Blues and Burlesque: Happy Hour
by Max Falkenberg on 12th August 2015
Created by the wonderful Pete Saunders and his lovely ladies Miss Vicious Delicious and the delightful Scarlet Belle, Blues and Burlesque: Happy Hour offers an enchanting evening of Cabaret at the exclusive Caledonian Hotel. A wonderful introduction to the world of Burlesque, the award winning group present an impressive, fully formed production with a superb light touch for the Burlesque virgin.
As a complete set, the wonderful trio push to please and please they do.
Charming from start to finish, Saunders has an art to working the house and a fantastic ease with which he weaves together the show. An accomplished pianist and songwriter, Saunders breathes the blues and gives a resounding performance with his three piece band. His songs are light-hearted and funny, teasing his audience and superbly complementing Miss Delicious as compère. Although she lacks the finesse of her counterparts, Miss Delicious is an enjoyable host with an admirable wit. A few numbers feel a little forced and a poor sound check doesn’t help her already rusty high notes. She adds an edgy humour to the show, but unlike Belle and Saunders, there is a tendency to push the persona too far.
Winner of the 2013 World Burlesque Games, Miss Scarlet Belle oozes sex, sass and sophistication. A tantalising tease, she has a wonderful control over her audience and is an outright impressive performer, outshining the more aggressive Miss Delicious. Scarlet effortlessly eases desire out of each and every gentleman in the audience with her sleek, soft touch. Her songs are the stand out moments of the show and she builds a fun, flirty atmosphere in the luxurious Caley bar.
As a complete set, the wonderful trio push to please and please they do. Saunders is uncompromisingly suave, Belle is a real beauty and despite her faults, Miss Vicious is just so deliciously naughty. The show is not faultless, but the fireworks are fantastic.
By Max Falkenberg
Max is the Arts Editor for the student paper FelixOnline. A member of the National Youth Theatre and Group 64 youth theatre, Max enjoys acting, directing and editing.