What’s this then, a live burlesque show in 2020?
You read that right, we were allowed back out, for what turned out to be one night only, to have a live Glitterbug burlesque Halloween show at Firebug in Leicester.
This was obviously a very different show to previous Glitterbugs, but it was nice to see people back on that stage with a live audience, even if the Zoom shows have been well received and very entertaining.
Right up until the day before the show, I still didn’t know if I would be attending or not. When the show was first announced, there was obviously a lot of confusion about what could and what could not take place, how many people could be there and what we could do, so I left it to others to figure out if I’d be able to take some photos or not.
I arrived on the night and was shown to my seat, and after having a word with Gio who is the mastermind behind these shows, I was allowed to move to a taller seat so that I could take photos above the heads of the audience. With being limited to one place, and having to stay seated, I knew I had a challenge to get even anything decent, but I did my best.
Trixie Blue came onto the stage and after a bit of housekeeping to make sure people wouldn’t cheer, scream or whoop, we were on with the show, the first act making their way to the stage to the sound of hands clapping, feet stomping and tables banging. It may have been a bit odd, not how it was before, but can you imagine how weird it would be to have a show in complete silence.
The performers for the event were Cocoa Kink, Adora Belle, Ruby L’Amour, Anita Dans, Starla Bright, Miss Cherry Champagne and Trixie Blue, most of them I’ve seen before, but there were a couple of new faces I was excited to see. Obviously no raffles or audience participation, but everything went off without any problems.
The show finished around 9.30pm and everyone made their way downstairs and presumably off home, due to places having to be closed up by 10pm. No chatting to people I hadn’t seen for months, but that’s the way things have to be at the minute.
There was another show planned for the following week, but on the day after this show there were rumours going around and then in the evening it was announced that the whole of England would be going into another national lockdown for 4 weeks, so that show unfortunately has had to be postponed.
While it wasn’t like it was before, it was the best we can hope for at the minute, and the way shows will probably have to be for the foreseeable future. Hopefully at some point we can be back to the social aspect of the shows and hear the audience whooping and cheering for the performers on stage, but for now, everyone did a fantastic job to put this show on for everyone in attendance to try and start to get back to some form of normality.
Stay safe everyone, and hopefully it wont be as long as it was last time in between shows.