KINKY and Quirky burlesque events helped a local cause when they hosted a talent competition at Club Rainbow, Torquay, recently.
The aptly named 'Stars in Their Bras' saw 15 amateur performers shake their tail feathers and their tins to bring in a total of £883 for Rowcroft Hospice.
"We receive lots of emails from new performers asking how they can get stage time," said Sarah Bell, one of the founders of Kinky and Quirky.
"So we thought we would do something completely different — a burlesque talent show.
"All the performers worked really hard to devise the best acts they could to guarantee a night of fun entertainment, to raise a smile and a lot of money too but for the best act of the night there was an extra bonus — the chance to perform alongside the biggest names in the burlesque world at a show in November at the Riviera International Conference Centre."
Judged by two leading names of the UK burlesque scene, Lilly Laudanum and Audacity Chutzpah, and three audience members who offered and shared tips and tricks of the trade, the winning act, Plymouth-based Angelique Dominque, will now go on to perform at the burlesque ball on November 30 as part of a line up of performers including the three European winners of the Burlesque Hall of Fame 2013 and the reigning Queen of Burlesque 2013 LouLou D'Vil.
"The evening was a fantastic success," said Sarah.
"We were delighted to be able to make a contribution to such a great local charity."