For the second time this week we ventured upstairs to The Venue in The Jericho Tavern. The pub downstairs was packed with Saturday night revelry and the Christmas party vibe seemingly in full swing, but it’s upstairs where the Frosty Frolics were really happening.
Hosted by the hilarious Miss Kitty Pimms, Frosty Frolics was a “Burlesque and Variety Show” brought to us by The Scarlet Vixens, a talented troupe based in Reading, who perform not only some cheeky (literally) burlesque but can be hired for family-friendly parties too.
Kitty Pimms warmed the sell-out audience up nicely with her conversational banter and natural ability to find the comedy in most situations. With a hen-do in attendance and a group of ladies in the front row wearing a great deal of tinsel, she didn’t have a difficult job in getting us ‘woo-hooing’ and making sure we were fully involved and having fun.
With the audience very much on-side, it was time to introduce some acts.Opening and closing the show was the delectable Miss Sugar Rush. Bringing together beauty and class, Rush wowed the crowd with her classic burlesque style and moves; she was certainly the most high-brow act of the evening.
We were also treated to performances from hula-hoop handler extraordinaire, Miss Oopsie Ooohh, mixing the already complicated art of undressing in a sexy way with the equally difficult skill of managing a hula hoop or three at the same time. Brilliant stuff.
Throw in a couple of comedic performances from the inimitable Tootsie Rocques (although I’m not sure about turning Let it Go from Frozen into a big number about breaking wind) and a special guest appearance by the stunning Foxy Maraschino and variety is certainly what the audience got.
Despite a cracked rib, Mojo Jones brought some steamy vibes to The Venue with her rendition of Santa Baby but overall it was Miss Pimms who stole the show for me, even filling in for an act who had dropped out at the last minute, while also keeping the momentum going between performances.