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Hoist up your stockings!

Manchester’s newest burlesque night, The Good Ship Lollipop, launched in style on Valentine’s day, and Manchester Confidential were welcomed aboard.

Published on February 16th 2007.

Hoist up your stockings!

The last time I went to a burlesque night in Manchester, I got my costume so horribly wrong and ended up looking more like Snow White than Gypsy Rose Lee. True, I was a fabulous Snow White, but it was a little inappropriate all the same.

This time round, I wasn’t going to make any mistakes. It was fishnet stockings, pearls and high heels all the way for the utterly fabulous Valentine’s launch of the Good Ship Lollipop Burlesque Night at The Circle Club.

Arriving at 8.30 we were greeted with a glass of champagne, which we sipped while we scanned the various costumes in the room. Corsets, bowler hats, feather boas and polka dots as far as the eye could see, with a few plain clothes party goers shifting around guiltily for not having made the effort.

The entertainment for the evening kicked off with a comedy set from Moss Side’s most glamorous offering Jonathan Mayor, a love-it-or-hate-it stand up act who oozes decadence and screams ‘look at me! I’m fabulous’ while talking about (amongst other things) fisting, gay weddings and gangsters.

Food on the night came in the form of a chocolate fountain with marshmallows and fruit to dip, as well as plenty of cute boat shaped canapés. My one gripe was that, having not eaten anything before I came out with the night starting relatively early, the canapés were teeny tiny (more like rowing boats than ships), and came in only one variety. There was food being served from the Circle Club’s restaurant menu, although this wasn’t included in the £25 price tag.

After a brief interval, we were onto the highlight of the evening – two striptease performances by burlesque artist Miss Kitty Peels. The first saw flame haired Kitty as a saucy sailor – in keeping with the good ship lollipop theme – cheekily removing her clothes to eventually reveal frilly knickers and two strategically positioned anchor symbols.

Later on Kitty reappeared for another performance, this one far more impressive than the first. Dressed in a red can-can style dress, Kitty handed out red roses to a few audience members before beginning her act which saw her seductively peeling off stockings and dancing with large red feathered fans before revealing her red lacy underwear and two feathered roses.

The night went on to the early hours with entertainment from a newly clean shaven Jay Taylor’s experimental band Bonebox, complete with eclectic 11 piece band and Texan inspired melodies.

All in all this was a superb evening, and a novel take on your usual night out. May the Good Ship Lollipop and all who sail in her prosper, and become a regular fixture on Manchester’s night time scene.

The next Good Ship Lollipop will be held in March, with the same format but a different line up – keep checking here for updates.

Jayne Robinson

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