Guys and Dolls join forces

By Hannah Norton

Burlesque will take a humorous twist when four men join the Northern Dolls onstage in Whangarei tonight.

The Man-tastic Four is a new edition to the Dolls, Northland's only burlesque group.

Man-Tastic performer Alexander Dougmore saw the need for the "niche" while watching a Dolls performance and he relates the Man-tastic Four's performance to the movie The Full Monty.

It had more undertones of comedy rather than sexual references. "It's a bunch of guys who can't really dance - call it movement to music - but we take our clothes off in a comedic fashion. But we do end up in our tighty whities," he says with a laugh.

His partner and founder of the Northern Dolls, Nicole - stage name Cherry Devine - said the male act was introduced so men and women could enjoy the show. But Mr Dougmore said the acts were stand-alone performances. "Nicole does her thing and I do mine," he said.

Nicole started the Northern Dolls after returning home to Whangarei from Christchurch and running a burlesque course. "I got in touch with the Old Library and we had our first ... show at the end of 2011," she said.

The Valentine's Day-themed show will kick off tonight at 7.30pm at the Old Library, with tickets $25 each. The performance would also feature singers, Nicole said.

- Northern Advocate

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