FANCY a sexy and dangerous Valentine’s Day treat with feathers, fire and fun?
The Wam Bam Club is bringing its decadent cocktail of burlesque, circus, comedy and music to The Capitol Horsham on February 16 – with The Wam Bam Belles & Buff Boys strutting their stuff on stage.
“Burlesque like ours is an adventure and always involves the audience,” promises Lady Alex, host for the show and the club’s director. “It’s a real hoot and a lot of fun. There’s nothing typical in a night with The Wam Bam Club – a modern burlesque night should be a challenge to the status quo as well as fun and unpredictable.”
Billed as “a non-stop parade of sensual revelry, entertainment and tongue-in-cheek ass”, each show is unique as performers, including a drag ballerina, are regularly changed, apart from a core troupe of dancers, to keep it exciting.
Lady Alex herself is also a fire performer. “My performance is set to music – and it’s sexy and dangerous,” she purrs.
Lady Alex founded London-based Wam Bam Club in 2006 after a decade of acting in film, TV and theatre. “I was in shows where I kept saying I could do a much better kind of show and friends said ‘just do it!’. So I went on a tassel twirling course and loved the empowerment and the fun and the comedy, and knew that was what I wanted to do.
“It was at a time when the wonderful world of burlesque and cabaret were very underground and Dita von Teese was just starting out. I had the goal of reviving the 50s-style supper club show and turning it into a more complete production, with all the structure and discipline of West End theatre but with the interaction and wildness of cabaret.
“I wanted to produce a show that included all the elements of variety, mixing burlesque, live music, magic, comedy and circus. The possibilities are endless and the results magnificent.”
The show has enjoyed a six-year residency at The Cafe de Paris in London’s Piccadilly Circus for six years, followed by a two-year residency at The Bloomsbury Ballroom in Bloomsbury Square, London. And in 2016 there was also a 10th anniversary performance at London’s prestigious Albert Hall.
Lady Alex has also taken the show on tour nationally and internationally. “We’ve been to the Seychelles. Ukraine, Norway… in Norway, we were treated like rock gods!” she laughs.
Last year’s UK tour began at The Capitol Horsham, just like this year’s. “Horsham holds a special place in my heart because my mother is from Horsham and my grandparents lived there, so I spent lots of holidays there during m childhood,” says Lady Alex.
She loves the audiences in Horsham because “they make such a huge effort” and say the show “appeals to all shapes and sizes”.
“Our audiences are 80% women,” she explains. “There are some husbands/partners who’ve clearly been dragged along but they always really get into it once it starts.”
Even her dog comes along on tour with her. “My chihuahua loves trotting on to the stage – and it’s great because it makes her tax deductible!”
And she adds, “You could say I’m married to the stage – but when I go home this showgirl leaves the glitter at the door!”
The Wam Bam Club is at The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham, at 8pm on Friday February 16. Tickets £25. Age 18+. Phone 01403 750220 or visit thecapitolhorsham.com.
Main picture, top: a fire performance by Yusura and, above, Lady Alex from The Wam Bam Club
Above: hula hoop artist Helen Orford
Below: ballerina antics from Madame Galina
Above: a spectacular Wam Bam fan ensemble
Below: warn the audience… there’s a tiger on the loose/picture: Ben Carpenter Photography