Britain's first ever lesbian burlesque troupe take to the stage… in a CHURCH
They are the first burlesque group of their kind. But lesbian burlesque troupe Lesburlesque are breaking new ground in more ways than one.
The racy sapphic dance group, who perform risqu routines aimed at fellow women, are to take to the stage in the house of God.
The troupe have booked to perform at Platt Chapel, Fallowfield, in Greater Manchester, next month. But easily offended parishioners need not lose too much sleep: The former church was turned into a community arts centre last year and now hosts regular comedy and music events.
Risqu: Britain's only lesbian burlesque group, Lesburlesque, are bringing their routine to a former church in Manchester
Lesburlesque approached the chapel looking for a venue for a fundraising gig for the Manchester Lesbian Community Project.
The group, featuring both gay and straight performers, was formed when founder Lucy Evans noticed the majority of audiences at burlesque nights were women.
Sex appeal: Lesburlesque, made up of both gay and straight performers, was created after founder Lucy noticed the majority of burlesque audiences were women
Lucy, 42, from Trafford, gave up a career in nursing two years ago to devote herself to the group and now performs under the stage name Pixie Truffle.
She said: 'I’d noticed about two thirds of the crowd at burlesque nights were women and decided to form a troupe aimed at the female audience.
'As far as we know we’re the only lesbian burlesque troupe in the UK and haven’t heard of any others in the world.
'Our aim is to combine mainstream and lesbian entertainment. Audience participation is actively encouraged and it’s very much in the vaudeville theatre sense. We expect around half the audience to be lesbian but the show is open to anybody and of course men are welcome too.'
Lesburlesque’s routines feature everything from elaborate themed costumes to singing.
The group, whose 30 members hail from around the country, features ‘drag king’ Jack The Lad – a female entertainer dressed as a man – who will perform a routine of mime-based dance at the Platt Chapel show.
Venue manager Jojo Crago said: 'This show is something a bit different and we’re really looking forward to putting it on.
'It’s going to be really colourful and artistic and we’ve had a really great response from the LGBT community round here.'
Platt Chapel, off Wilmslow Road, became a community arts space at the beginning of 2011 and is entirely run by volunteers.
Former church: Platt Chapel has been transformed from a house of God into a community arts space