Monday, 30 January 2012

Words of Love (and a bit of flesh)

As January draws to a close, a young(ish) person's thoughts turn to love and Valentine's Day. So far, I have been booked to appear at three gigs, each in a different city and each run by a different lovely lady. Expect some radical/humorous poetry in amongst flashes of flesh and variety turns...

Saturday 4 February, GLASGOW:
Dolly Presents: La Cheetah! Valentine's Special
February is the month of St Valentine's Day, and to honour this Dolly Tartan is hosting a romance-fuelled La Cheetah show! There will be stories of love, loss and desire onstage for you, with a fabulous selection of performers including: 
George and his Marvelous Magic
Eva Sweetheart - musical and enchanting burlesque
Midnight Munroe - beautiful and graceful burlesque
Chris Young - radical poet!
and, bringing her unique blend of sauciness, wit and stunning burlesque... Cat Aclysmic!

Doors 7.30pm, show 8pm. Tickets £6 if reserved in advance or £7 on the door. There will also be a raffle with some fab prizes!
Downstairs in La Cheetah Club @ Max's, Queen St, Glasgow.

Saturday 11 February, DUNDEE:
Varietease Burlesque presents Tempt Me, Tease Me

Varietease Burlesque brings you their first show of 2012 with "Tempt Me, Tease Me" - a night of variety performances for you and your lover to enjoy. Featuring Live Music from local band Silent Nothing, and burlesque performances from Scarlett Flame (special guest), Dolly Tartan (special guest), Magenta Lust and debut performances from Lola Trixx, Enola Valentine and boylesque debut from Anonymous V! Hosting this delightful evening is the charismatic and very humorous performance poet Chris Young.

Entry on the eve of this event will be £6 (£4 in advance from Grouchos Record Store, 132 The Nethergate or from the venue). Strictly over 18s. Doors open at 7.30pm.

The Doghouse
15 Ward Road
01382 206812

Tuesday 14 February, EDINBURGH:
Candid Cabaret Valentine’s Day Special

Candid Cabaret returns for another night of fun and frolicking with a special Valentine’s twist. We have a variety of magnificent acts from classic burlesque to poetry and magic acts. We are proud to also be featuring extra special guest Lynn Ruth Miller aka The Granny Stripper from this year’s Britain’s Got Talent! She is coming all the way from San Francisco to grace the stage of Candid Cabaret. So come join us for an extra special Valentine’s evening out.

Also featuring…
Susan Morrison: "Susan Morrison - the Glaswegian wit for whom the word feisty was invented"
Scotland on Sunday

Poppy La Pilule: Proudly fluttering her lovely lashes and blowing a crimson kiss to Scotland.

Gretel Grimm: Bedtime stories and fairy tales aren't just for children... If you go down to her woods today, you're set for a saucy surprise...

Chris Young: Chris Young is a poet with a difference: he's funny. Poetry was not like this at school; alarmingly, Chris was! Winner of Glam Slam UK 2010 and StAnza Poetry Slam 2011.

Gilda Lily: "Gilda Lily's graceful and Grace Kelly-esque demeanour, coupled with
her penchant for mischievousness and debauchery has earned her “one of
Scottish cabaret's most talented dancers” (The Skinny, 2010). Gilda
has devoted years to studying, performing and fusing various dance
styles; she also teaches nationwide with the Academy of Burlesque and
Cabaret. High-kicking her way to the heavens, she's a favourite
amongst audiences and performers alike."

Magic 67: Renowned Scottish magician.

Finalist of Britain’s Got Talent 2012…

Lynn Ruth Miller: Lynn Ruth Miller will make you laugh at the reality of drooping features and fading memory, with her unique take on what aging really means. She is a 78-year old cougar who knows it is too late to prowl, horrifying proof that though you wrinkle up and can’t hear a thing, you can still be a hot number.

Plus more acts to be announced.

Doors open at 7pm and show begins 8.30pm-10pm, then the party continues for those with enough stamina until 1am with live music to play the evening out.

Tickets: £7 (£5 concession) and special offer for couples; 2 for £10. Purchase from the venue by calling 0131 229 6391, or in person at The Sapphire Rooms, 81-83 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9AW

ThreeWeeksReview, August 2011: In the murky depths of a strip club, we are treated to a veritable smörgåsbord of Fringe performances. From Japanese men in morph suits recreating movie characters to spaghetti-eating opera singer Miss Louisa... what can you expect next? Well, Candid Cabaret offers a wide-ranging variety of entertainment. A highlight for me was a Spanish flamenco quartet that had the whole room stomping their feet, followed by a stunning belly dancer who shook her hips to devastating effect, but audiences can also expect contortionist accordion players and a selection of comedians…the variety of acts was brought to a superb conclusion by the dreadlocked bluegrass band that played us out.
****4 Star Review by Felicity Martin

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Ding! Ding! Seconds Out!

Happy New Year!

I have finally entered the poetry establishment! Having won last year's poetry slam, I have been invited back to St Andrews to provide lunchtime entertainment at StAnza - Scotland's International Poetry Festival. Details below.

Poetry Café: Seconds Out
Lunch & verse with Chris Young and Jane Overton
Thu 15 March | 1.00-1.45pm
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Studio Theatre | £6.00/£4.00
The first of this year’s lively Poetry Café events offers poetry sure to spice up the lunch included in the ticket price. Chris Young, familiar to many for his regular slam appearances at the Byre, was a worthy winner of the StAnza 2011 slam. He is joined in the Studio Theatre by one of his regular sparring partners from ‘Arguments and Nosebleeds’, an occasional collective founded by Jane Overton to bring the punch of performance poetry to mainstream audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe and beyond.
StAnza Box Office, Byre Theatre: 01334 475000
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