The Ritz, Penzance
Review by Cherie Woodhouse
THE eclectic and eccentric world of Steampunk came to Penzance last week.
The Golowan-inspired evening of music, burlesque and circus skills was staged at The Ritz and offered a unique addition to the town’s entertainment calendar.
First to take the stage were Perranporth-based outfit The Beutons who performed a great collection of their own numbers, with a fantastic mix from The Jungle Book thrown in.
As they finished their set a black curtain was pulled back to reveal the always entertaining Swamp Circus. Throughout the night this band of circus stars took to the trapeze, played with fire and showed off their gymnastic skills.
The musical talent that is Julian Gaskell then wowed the growing crowd with his ability to play a large number of instruments – including violin and piano at the same time.
Adding a touch of old school glamour to the evening’s proceedings were the burlesque performers Slinky Minsky who were followed by band Kaiak, the hosts, who topped off the night with their dark cabaret-style music. Describing themselves as “Cornwall’s quirkiest new band”, Kaiak are set to record a new album soon, so they can share more of their melodic tunes with audiences.
Away from the stage the many Steampunk enthusiasts, who follow a sub-culture described as Victorian futurism, showed off their own unique collection of fantasy and science fiction-inspired outfits.
More than 150 people attended the event which raised £114 for Cornwall Hospice Care, and there are plans for another Steampunk show in the future.