by Colette Shaw
The venue is not in the St. George the Martyr Church, but in a courtyard (a garden locked?) outside. The audience sits on the ground (bring a pillow or blanket if you can: I managed to find a friendly person willing to share). The space is beautiful, and I found it surprising and exciting to see burlesque in natural light. The acts happen both in the wide centre aisle and on the small stage at the west end of it: if you want to avoid the (minimal) audience interaction, just don’t sit on the aisle. There is both live (Jaimie McClyment and band) and recorded music, and a shockingly smooth transition between them considering the outdoor venue. I also noticed projections on the wall behind the stage at one point, but they were hard to see (particularly earlier in the show) and didn’t seem important. Unsurprisingly for burlesque, the costumes were beautiful. I think my favourite act (and costume: maybe because there was so much of it?) was Erin Reece singing torch songs as Hagar.
There is only one performance left of the Erotic Tales, Saturday July 6 at 8:00 pm.