Dr Sketchy is the flavour of the month, with the launch last week of Hamilton’s ‘A little bit of what you fancy’ event. This was my second Dr Sketchy, and boy was it a great evening. Michelle Parish did a great job and pulled together a range of great people to produce a high energy show that no doubt will have artists back for more. Gravity Bar were such fantastic sponsors donating fabulous prizes, the bar staff all dressed for the occasion with the delicious Nicky, corseted for the occasion. Miss Drag Waikato Diva Cologne Damned did a fabulous job of hosting and had a go at posing claiming it was ‘hard enough to stay still for 5 seconds let alone 5 minutes’.
So what is all that Dr Sketchy stuff all about anyway? See Dr Sketchy website for that info. And check out Boing Boings video for a taste of real life experience. But my take on it from a performers side – is that it’s a real good way to get on the stage without the pressure of ‘show performance’ meaning your audience is there (mostly) to draw you, so you’re not judged on your performance for
the artists will drink you in to practise their artistic skills. And lets face it a lot of artist have seen nudes (they aren’t prudish) so they are going to enjoy your nudity or semi nudity. Michelle’s Bombshell Burlesque Babes debuting that night exclaimed that it wasn’t nearly as scary as they thought, and some other students who came to help and support are raring to go for the next one. I highly rate the experience and think its a win win situation.
It is great to mingle with the crowd too and see how other folk view the world. Also you get to know the audience a bit better as you get to move around checking out the art. An interesting part of my night was chatting to a guy about nudity in general and convincing him he should give Boylesque a go, at first I was testing the waters with him as I like to have people on about burlesque. But he seemed really keen after I confirmed that Boylesque does actually exist. I mentioned it to Michelle so watch this space to see if it pans out. And if it does I think I need to get to Hamilton to see it!
The number one thing about Glamilton’s Dr Sketchy was how everyone was supportive of each other. Michelle has done a great job to create a supportive culture, but then again she is the living embodiment of support. You may of read last week’s post where I talked about helping one another with this in mind I was so delighted and honoured to not only be there for my friend’s big night but also really touched at what wonderful women she has around her. Keep it up girls!
How do you get involved? Contact the organiser of your local Dr Sketchy. They are always looking for sponsors. If you wish to get up on stage have a chat to the organiser, let them know about your talents. Bear in mind that sitting still for 10 minutes as a human statue is a bit tricky, so only ask if you think you can do that too.
Dr Sketchy website – you can search for your local branch. Coming soon an article on Wellington’s Dr Sketchy organiser Rachel Rouge.
Rosina Lee’s blog (one of the beautiful Glamilton’s emerging burlesque starlets).
Nina Charlton did the amazing logo for Glamiltons Dr Sketchy (she even carries a swiss army knife – what a gal).
Talia Stephens did a great job of taking the photos (coming soon)