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REVIEW THE CABARET OF IDA BUCKET – THE GREEN ROOM, MANCHESTER June 5th 2008.

 

Strange to be writing an obituary for someone who never existed. The Ida Bucket cabaret celebrated the life and work of the oldest burlesque and cabaret star since Eartha Kitt, Ida Bucket – still tripping and dancing and singing and stripping away in her 70’s.  Now, sadly, Ida Bucket has kicked the bucket she was named after. The Green Room event ran for two years in her honour, mixing all aspects of live cabaret, comedy, poetry, performance and burlesque.

 

I meant to get to the show throughout its history, having been a regular at the Green Room from Rosie Lugosi’s Creatures Of The Night poetry slams, and still attending Dominic Berry’s Freed Up poetry events there.  Performers often include dancers from Bell Besame’s burlesque team, Slippery Belle too.  Sadly, the only show I was destined to get to be the very last Ida Bucket – set to a requiem theme for the star it was established to commemorate.

 

The fun-funeral theme was entered into with gusto. A near unlimited supply of ham sandwiches was provided, just as often happens at funeral events. There was a nicely presented order of service flyer, which was not followed too closely in the show. The opening rendition of Queen’s I want To Break free was totally forgotten for example.

 

Fortunately, the burlesque dance by Bella Besame was still very much on. Bella organizes and choreography’s the girls of many of the Burlesque shows I have attended in recent years (see BURLESQUE) though this was the first time I have seen her dance herself. It’s clear why the ladies of her Slippery Belle troop do so well given the standard of performance set by their teacher. Bella was dressed in widow black, and danced with two large black fans.  Many of the girls she has taught such arts came along to show their appreciation and support too.

 

There was a comedy from poet and singer Chris Fitzimmons, who told a Ronnie Corbett style gag bout a man in a pub with a piano playing gerbil. He then asked the audience to pick a song from the Rocky Horror Show for him to perform. Ladies in the audience quickly picked the Touch Me song which he coped with admirably.

 

Balcony Bingo offered tow performances – the first in strange fixed white masks as they danced in clogs and river-danced – imagine Dr. Who Autons doing that and you get the idea. Someone else compared them to Slipknot.  Their second performance was in ordinary clothes as they sang some songs to accordion accompaniment.

 

Funniest act by far was the delightfully politically incorrect Iranian ‘lady’ in a burkha, singing Iranian Man to the tune of It’s raining Men, and offering her own take on the YMCA song too.

 

The comperes now tried to conduct a Derek Acorah style séance to raise the spirit of dear departed Ira Bucket herself, but managed to raise only a man in need of Strepsils (the performer nearly choking himself trying to imitate a trance0 and her next door neighbour.  It was probably still more believable than anything the real Derek Acorah does though.

 

The final act should have been the penultimate one - Dirty Oinky – the pig faced clown, who talks like Clint Eastwood, may be one of the most sinister clowns since Pennywise in Stephen King’s It. I thought I might get some joshing as I was wearing a tee-shirt bearing the words ‘Can’t sleep – Clowns will eat me’ but he never noticed that.   His act was to invite a member of the audience up to join him in a suicide pact stunt in grief over the loss of Ida Bucket. Host, Jonathon Richardson, (Lady J at Bella Besame’s events (took up the call, and with help from a lady in the audience they made Ida’s cardboard tombstone and then swallowed the contents of cartons of concentrated tomato juice. and died in a spray of blood as they released it from their mouths. Dirty unfortunately sprayed his tomato juice all over the front few rows of the audience, which included a number of ladies in expensive designer dresses. They were not all amused. The closing sing-a-long was abandoned because the floor was now awash and slippery.

 

A lovely night of irreverent comedy and quality entertainment – Ida may be dead, but the performers will no doubt go onto greatness and hopefully, like a Phoenix, Ida Bucket will ride again one day.

 

Arthur Chappell

 

 SEE ALSO A TO Z CONTENTS LISTINGS  ATHEISM / HUMANISM  CULTS AND BRAINWASHING  ENGLISH CIVIL WAR HISTORY  AND RE-ENACTMENT PAGES   EROTICA (ADULTS ONLY)   .FILM REVIEW PAGES   FUNNY PAGES GENERAL ARTICLES   GENERAL PHOTOGRAPHS       HOME PAGE  LINKS TO OTHER PEOPLES PAGES    LISTS (MY TOP TENS OF EVERYTHING)   MANCHESTER, ENGLAND   MY FICTION MY POETRY  MY SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY AND HORROR PAGES  MY SCRIPTS   NEWS  PHOTOGRAPHS OF ME   UPDATES   WEBSITE REVIEWS  FACEBOOK - http://profile.to/arthurchappell/ My Space http://www.myspace.com/arthurchappell  E-MAIL  arthur@chappell7300.freeserve.co.uk   MY BOOK REVIEWS These reviews and abstracts cover just about every book I have read recently. Scroll through the whole alphabetical list of abstracts and reviews below, or look through the following genre and sub-category list SUB-CATEGORIES - CHILDREN’S BOOKS  CLASSIC LITERATURE  COMICS/GRAPHIC NOVELS  CULTS ENGLISH CIVIL WAR  EROTICA (ADULTS ONLY)  FANTASY HISTORY HORROR HUMOUR MANCHESTER, ENGLAND NEWSPAPERS/MAGAZINES NON-FICTION PHILOSOPHY  POETRY  RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORIES A TO Z OF BOOK REVIEWS BY AUTHOR A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z  (Superhero comics are listed alphabetically by the name of well known heroes, i.e., Batman Superman, etc).