This was the second Glitterbug show of 2018 and I was really looking forward to it as these shows have been fantastic every time I’ve been along. At the last show they advertises who would be performing at tis show, and with a geek/nerd theme, it was sure to be an interesting evening. Taking place on the same weekend as Comic-Con in Leicester, it couldn’t have been better planned. I’m sure quite a lot of the people in attendance for this show may have been interested in the convention taking place only a short walk away from this event, so why not make a day/weekend out of it.
I arrived as I normally do, a little bit before the doors are due to open, just to get an idea of what the running order is and if anything has changed from the previous show. When I arrived they had the projector screen set up at the back of the stage displaying the Glitterbug logo, and while it did look very nice, as soon as any stage light was turned on, it didn’t look that good, so we got rid of it for now. I quickly checked to see if there were any acts coming off the stage during their set, as I’d be positioned in the walkway to the stage to take photos, and there wasn’t, so no problem for me and I was all ready to go.
Doors opened at 8pm, with the show starting at around 8.30pm, so that gave me 30 minutes to mingle a bit, catch up with a few people I’d not seen for a while and chat to people before the show.
Back on hosting duties for this evening we had Jacques Bruxelles, who I have seen many times, mostly as the host of shows and the occasional performance from him. I think he’s taken a bit of a break from it, but nice to have him back, it really makes a show run a lot smoother when you have a host as competent as he is.
First act for this event was Misty Raven. As I mentioned earlier, there was a geek/nerd theme for this event, so most of the performances fit into this type of category, and kicking the show of there was a Captain America inspired theme.
As in previous blog posts from Glitterbug and other burlesque shows, I’m not going to go into very much detail about the acts themselves, I hope the photos do that themselves, and I’d advise anyone reading this post to go along to a show themselves and see the acts in person, you won’t be disappointed.
Next up was one of my favourite local burlesque performers, who I’ve seen on many occasions now, Mademoiselle Papillon, and this time she was alongside her troupe, the Papillettes. This first act was based around a lot of comic book villains, so there was Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Poison Ivy and a few others, a very good routine.
Another performer I’ve seen a few times now, Fleur du Mal, and her first act was a classic feather fan routine which looked absolutely gorgeous, I’m not sure if any photos could ever do it justice. Nymph O’Maniac was up next, and coming all the way from Scotland I was looking forward to seeing her performing at this event. Her first act was a kind of nurse themed one. Headlining the first half of the show was Mojo Jones, with a Spiderman themed performance, webbing included, a fantastic act to go into the break.
With a 15-20 minute break in the show for people to grab another drink, I did as I try to do most times and that is get one photo, normally from the headline act, transferred to my phone and uploaded on instagram, then chatted to a few people while waiting for the second half to get underway.
The Papillettes were back on the stage to kick off the second half of the show, and with them kitted out in Stormtrooper outfits, I’d seen a few clips of this act online. Starting off with them on their own, shortly followed by Mademoiselle Papillon making an appearance as Darth Vader, a very good and fun routine to get things going again.
Misty Raven up next, with an act based around having a box of confiscated villainous weapons which she was using, culminating in having a go with the Infinity Gauntlet, and I think most people in that room had seen the recently released Infinity War film.
Up Next was Fleur du Mal with a debut act based on The Riddler and unfortunately there were a couple of technical difficulties during this one. A great act cut short by the music stopping when it shouldn’t, but ever the professional, continuing on with the performance to music that wasn’t exactly correct as they restarted what music they did have. This issue would be corrected later on as after the main headline act was done, there was a bit of time left and the audience was asked if they wanted to see the proper version of this performance and she got to show this act as it should have been seen the first time.
Darth Vader was back on stage, without the stormtroopers this time, as Mademoiselle Papillon did her only solo routine this night, combining lots of dance routines into this very fun act. Then there was a bit of a break from the burlesque as Jacques Bruxelles took to the stage and read out some ‘bad jokes’ as there had been a jar where people could write some suggestions down and the winner won a Christmas t-shirt. I can’t remember what the actual joke was that won, but even if I did, I don’t think it’d work as well written down in this blog post.
Back to the burlesque and a Silent Hill themed act from Nymph O’Maniac was followed by the headline performer Mojo Jones, and her Luke Skywalker inspired act. As mentioned before, there was then time for Fleur du Mal to perform with her correct music, and then it was time for everyone to be invited back onto the stage for the curtain call, before the chairs were cleared away and the after party could take place.
A fantastic evening of geek themed burlesque, every act was amazing and I’m really looking forward to the next show with the halloween theme.