An award-winning international burlesque star from Fife is providing St Andrews with some extra glitz and glamour next month – despite a number of venues branding her show “too risqué”.
Brandy Montmartre, from Kirkcaldy, whose real name is Hannah Rose, said she was taken aback by how challenging it had been to bring burlesque to the historic Fife town, but the 32-year-old performer is delighted to have secured a slot at the Hotel du Vin on Saturday December 1.
Brandy’s previous show, The Twilight Tease Burlesque Revue, was a sell-out success in Kirkcaldy, and she hopes her Burlesque Christmas Cabaret Dinner will be a similar hit – and prove any naysayers wrong.
She said: “I was quite surprised by how challenging it was to bring burlesque to St Andrews. We approached one theatre and got quite far in the approval process before our show was vetoed in the final stages.
“I think this was due to preconceptions of what burlesque is and a judgment is made of it being lowbrow entertainment.
“Convincing most of the venues we approached to let go of those preconceptions was tricky.
“But Hotel du Vin were different as they knew what burlesque was and were keen to collaborate.”