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Burlesque in Brum

Cabaret bars have enjoyed a real revival over the last decade, and we've recently noticed a number of traditional gentlemen's clubs also moving their focus from table dancing to more demure, Burlesque style acts. This move has attracted more female guests to enjoy these types of clubs. So when a cabaret bar in Birmingham invited us to put on a weekend of Burlesque acts, we couldn't resist getting our thinking caps on and creating some bespoke shows for them.

Our first act was a classic favourite: a cheeky, balloon popping dance. Adorned in jewel-encrusted lingerie and confetti-filled balloons, she popped each one with a white feather, and performed a fun dance with a pair of luxurious white ostrich feather fans.

Our second act was a Dita Von Teese inspired tease, with our artist dressed in a rhinestoned black bra and brief with a silk robe over the top. She entered the stage, removed the robe and ascended a ladder clad with glittery ivy, and climbed into a giant martini glass filled with warm water and lit with LED lighting. The lights changed from red to green to blue to white and every colour in between, in time with the beats of the music, as the artist splashed, spun, removed stockings and finished in sequin tassels. It was elegant and beautiful, and she had the entire audience captivated throughout.

Huge thanks to our artist Honey le Bon, aerialist Jade and fellow Burlesquer Talulah, who all offered show stopping performances. 

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Roll up, roll up, for the PCA Awards 2016!

Roll up, roll up, for the PCA Awards 2016!

The organisers of the PCA Awards decided to do something different this year - instead of the same old stuffy ceremony, they chose to hold a circus themed event to mix things up and inject a little fun. So as guests walked the red carpet our rather chilly vintage strongmen in leopard print lycra offered the ladies some eye candy, and gave the gents a giggle. High fives, lunges and bicep curls were a-plenty as the videographer captured all of the action.

Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington was beautifully decorated inside with subtle nods to circus. And after dinner, a big screen at the centre of the stage televised a live countdown which prompted guests to find their seats and get ready for the awards to begin. Then a video was broadcast, which the videographer had ever so swiftly put together, showing clips of the guests' arriving at the red carpet just an hour or so earlier. This was met with applause and laughter.

Traditional ringmaster

Our traditional ringmaster took to the stage to welcome the crowd and warm them up, before introducing our LED hula hooper who performed in darkness with her programmed, colour-changing hoops. These had been cleverly customised to incorporate the sponsor's logo - feel free to click on the video at the top of this blog, which shows some highlights of this show.

Then our one-of-a-kind clockwork ballerina took to the stage on her Ballet tiptoes, to present the awards to the lucky winners.  The photographer snapped away throughout and got a selection of both candid and posed shots. And as guests made their way from the dining room to the bar, our circus ballerina moved amongst guests, stopping periodically as if her batteries had run out. And guests were prompted to turn her LED key, in order to get her dancing again. Always a charming act enjoyed by all.

Thank you for your hospitality, PCA Awards, you were wonderful.

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007 bash in Portsmouth for Affinion Travel

007 bash in Portsmouth for Affinion Travel

We cannot help but look forward to Affinion's annual Ace Awards in Portsmouth, and this year they tasked us with building a spectacular James Bond experience for their staff.  The venue Tiger Tiger on Gunwharf Quays played host to the ceremony, transforming the space with staging, projections and slick decor.

On arrival guests were patted down by our mini security guards, complete with metal detectors and an in-built ability to identify which guests were 'dodgy', which drew many a smile! And as partygoers ascended the stairs they were greeted by an electronic string duo performing covers of infamous Bond tracks. Our Russian ice hostesses showed them into the venue, where our topless hosts in Daniel Craig swimming trunks made the girls grin and the chaps jealous!

Sipping on champagne and enjoying canapes, our Shirley Bassey tribute artist performed classic 007 material - her voice is simply phenomenal, and she really added wow factor to the drinks reception. And as the show drew to a close, our stunning red showgirls escorted the CEO to the stage for the awards to begin. Each winner posed for photos with the showgirls and our photographer, as our videographers captured all the action on film.

We warmed up the party with Oddjob, Jaws and Daniel Craig lookalikes, along with a Keith Lemon lookalike who came dressed in a smart suit and signature ridiculous shoes! And even Shirley Bassey ushered guests onto the dancefloor to pose for a snap, as the DJ played dancefloor classics to warm everyone up. Our Russian ice hostesses beckoned guests over to the 007 ice luge, pouring vodka in one end for guests to catch in their mouths at the other end. And our two classical dancers performed in two giant martini glass props, which were fully illuminated offering a dynamic photo opportunity.

Gold body painted Bond girls roamed with hand-written signs announcing that dinner was now being served in the ceremony room, so guests were free to wander between the party rooms and the buffet area. And our exceptional hypnotist and magician moved from table to table demonstrating pickpocketing, pin number guessing and contemporary magic tricks.

Sugar Skull stilt walkers joined the party in our bespoke Spectre costumes, inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead fiesta in the film. And guests were led into the photo booth - complete with silly props - before the band took to the stage with a host of commercial covers and rockier numbers.

Huge kudos to every single performer, as our changing space was limited. And a special thank you to our event manager Sophie who ensured everything ticked over as it should. We look forward to working with Affinion again this summer.

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