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The Stanmer Revue | The Betty Lou Gin Club

5 August 2017 No Comment

It was a warm Saturday night in July as we followed a burlesque dancer with pin curls and diamond-embellished nipple tassels through a crowd dressed in top hats and braces, flapper dresses and feather boas; all shimming to a wild Bugsy Malone number with elaborate moonshine concoctions in hand. We had fallen head over heels into the Roaring Twenties, writes Phoebe Corbett.

The Stanmer Review | The Betty Lou Gin Club

This is The Stanmer Revue; The Betty Lou Gin Club’s 1920s Prohibition-style mansion party. Hidden away off the beaten track, daylight dimmed around us as we surreptitiously snuck down a winding path, ready to uncover what felt like a dazzlingly exclusive party, kept from prying eyes. Spread out over five majestic rooms and offering an enticing programme of acts, we were giddily lulled into the unfolding events of the evening, one gin cocktail at a time…

The Stanmer Review | The Betty Lou Gin Club

Tripping up on the Charleston and fuelled with a heady gulp of a MandaGin Dream, the first act we stumbled upon was the fireball that is Chi Chi Revolver: a cabaret and circus performer who fizzed with energy. With a hula-hooping Guinness World Record held firmly under her belt, Chi Chi gripped the crowd with a mass of colourful hoops as her show reached an impressive crescendo.

The Stanmer Review | The Betty Lou Gin Club

Guests escaped for air in Stanmer’s idyllic garden to be met with a vibrant mix of fire and sequins in fire acts Lily Fortune and Dolly Delicious. As if by pure magic, we watched in awe as both women glowed under firelight, unscathed. Another hit of the night served up magic of a different kind, as conjuror John Wells read our cards and seemingly our minds. While next to him, a casino dealer rolled out the dice in aid of Mind charity for mental health, amid whoops and cheers from the table as guests flirted with chance.

The Stanmer Review | The Betty Lou Gin Club

In between electro-swing DJ sets over in the Thomas Pelham room we were treated to a striptease by burlesque showgirl Coco Deville, whose movements entranced and hushed the room before jaws dropped at Lily Fortune’s angle-grinding show. The standout act of the night, the crowd watched bemused and amazed as she danced with an industrial power tool in a spectacularly unique performance. It’s one you’ll really want to see for yourself!

The Stanmer Review | The Betty Lou Gin Club

A cornucopia of gin, entertainment and 1920s flair, this event is fun, decadent and a fabulous excuse to get dressed up. Keep an eye on The Betty Lou Facebook page to discover the secrets of the next speakeasy extravaganza.

Images by The Morbid Magpie.

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