YesYesYes Club's Burlesque Valentine's Vacation Party
Sleazy, derogatory and yet worth a bomb. OK, enough about me. Let’s talk serious stuff. Porn! For all its vulgarity, porn has always been hard for people to take their eyes off of. Humans have a natural fascination with that they find erotic. Since the sexual revolutions of the 1960s, the adult entertainment industry has changed rapidly and the type of content available has proliferated both in its explicitness and its quality. So why would anyone want to go back to the times when porn was largely taboo and revisit their notions of sexuality?
The YesYesYes Club is a new London Burlesque Cabaret night and Bunny Warren’s Valentine’s Vacation brought plenty of reasons for lovers to get happy. Hosted at King’s Cross’ Scala Nightclub, the show combined a wide variety of live acts and entertainments all with a tastefully sexy edge. And as women in basques and corsets mingled with 1930s gangster pimp suits, cross dressers and PVC fetishists, the boundaries between who the performers were and who the crowd were blurred! It was a dazzling display of diversity and an air of happiness moved around. This unusual lack of tension in the air would be rare at any club night, let alone one where beautiful bodies walked around in their underwear. Therein lies the greatest treasure of the burlesque scene.
Burlesque takes a different approach to many other nights in that it builds fantasy through show. It lights the fire of passion through theatre. With the heart and mind alight the senses are more engaged in the amorous pursuit of love than the objectification of individuals. It’s therefore hugely empowering for women to be able to express their sexuality in this type of safe environment. It’s also clearly working wonders for the guys as the many rounds of applause showed!
The YesYesYes Club featured a range of talents all entrée’d by the lovely Dame Barbara Cartland, a drag queen-eque character who introduces the acts as if they were a reading from a book. With readings coming from such great minds as Mr P Stringfellow and Mr H Hefner you bet there was plenty of titillating costume and risqué dance. Breaking up the show girls were an introductory band who rocked to loved up tunes along the style of Jamiroquai, a man who made a crystal ball look like it was levitating instead of gravitating whilst moon walking around it and an acrobat who used ropes to haul himself up to the rafters of the venue to impress his girl.
Whilst the cabaret ran a big screen played vintage porn. In black and white it was seductive and suggestive as girls posed with props. Yet at the same time there was no full nudity. There really was no need. We were all full of love hearts by then! It was very cheering to see so many loved up couples getting happy together and made the prefect warm up to the Valentine’s Day after party that followed. No, you’re invited to hear about that one!
My outfit for the burlesque club - fairly middle of the road as it turned out...
For couples looking to add some oh la la to their life, I’d recommend the YesYesYes Club. It’s friendly and welcoming. Dress varies; the burlesque devotees stand out in their gorgeous vintage outfits whilst the rest of us who cobble together gladrags for a more limited wardrobe aren’t made to feel out of place. It’s nice that everyone, guys included, dresses up for the event. It’s pretty much welcoming for anything except for the sort of thing you’d wear to the local pub. It’s also noticeable that although there are some groups of friends who come to enjoy the cabaret, almost everyone comes as a couple which makes the atmosphere friendly – there’s no overt hitting on girls by lecherous old men or drunken puppies. The fellas in attendance were very much of the gentlemen variety with impeccable manners. The club may well earn itself a place in the heart of every couple in London.
YesYesYes Burlesque Club Review:
- Type: Burlesque club
- Location: Scala Nightclub, London (but only his time - events vary)
- Entry: £25 or £15 for groups of 4 or more
- Facilities: Stage with balconies and seated areas for viewers, cinema screens and a full theatrical production
- Plus Points: Safe environment for women to enjoy themselves without worries of dirty old men or drunken young boys being a hassle. Great place for guys to woo their girls!
- Minus Points: Fairly dear bar tariff with no fresh corked wine (though that's Scala and not the YesYesYes Club's fault). A few more chairs for those of us with spiteful shoes would have been thoughtful.
- Overall Rating: 9 out of 10