Burlesque, the risque art form that blossomed in the grim economic periods of the 1920s and 1930s, is making a return to recession-hit Dublin this week.
The city's second Burlesque Festival runs for the entire week with "tasteful" strippers, speak-easy sessions and the Irish premiere of the Canadian movie, Burlesque Assassins, a Cold War spy spoof about performers who are "beautiful, deadly and a vital weapon in the war on communism that threatens the free world".
Dublin performer Epiphany de Meanour said yesterday: "Burlesque is an art form that came into its own in the big recessions. In recent years when there was money here people were dining out in posh restaurants and spending money but times are changed and the festival gives people fun and art for very little. Last year people were surprised and the reaction was great."
Epiphany, who does a fan-dance striptease, said artists from Italy and the UK are taking part this year with events over all next week and the big performances taking place in the Sugar Club on Leeson Street.