Dixey: Where Gentlemen Are Always Immaculately Undressed
Subverting burlesque with acres of male flesh at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
This article is from 2014.
With a set more reminiscent of Narnia than traditional burlesque (or even boylesque), a bawdy, near naked fawn acts as master of ceremonies here, the various residents of the magical land of Dixey taking turns to the stage.
The show has a heavy dance component (some a little overlong), but cabaret, comedy and striptease all get a feature. The successes are the heavy metal acrobatics, with chains lowered from the ceilings for a routine more usually seen with ropes and leotards. The strongman show is a clever subversion as a petite ballerina lifts more than her fair share and a cheeky vaudeville male striptease is cleverly put together for maximum titillation. The fan dancing and horseplay are dull until the clothes and inhibitions are shed. However the pole dance section shows off both creativity and physicality.
Tying this together in a way Joel Grey never would, the compere banters with the audience and tears through a revealing drag routine that should deter the shy and retiring from choosing the front row.
Assembly Roxy, 220 4348, until 25 Aug (not 11), 10.10pm, £13–£15 (£12–£14)