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Bette "Bloolips" Bourne and Precious Pearl (Bloo Revue - A Bloolips Retrospectical) at On the Boards - Seattle, Washington
Poster ID: CL78797
Category: Theatrical/Stage and Plays
Year: 1990s
Country: American
Approximate Size 34 x 22 inches
Condition: Very Good
Price: $300

c.1998. From the mid-1970s until the late 1990s, Bloolips was an Obie-winning, avant garde comedy ensemble that emerged from gay street theatre in London to create musical revues produced on three continents (Europe, North America and Australia). Their work combined thrift-shop drag (costuming made from rag mop wigs to ironing board panniers), tap dancing, song and sketch comedy. Ever witty, their material veered from low to high comedy. The titles offer a few clues: Island of Lost Shoes, Sticky Buns, Lust in Space. The troupe pretty much followed their individual orbits after the early 1990s. Bette Bourne returned to the London stage successfully and toured quite constantly. Bourne and Precious Pearl offered a Bloolips Retrospectical that toured several seasons in the late 1990s, and Bourne and Lavinia Coop reunited in 2006 for Read My Hips. ( On the Boards, a presenter of contemporary performance occupied the Washington Hall Space at 153 14th Ave from 1978-1998.

Keywords: Gay interest,Performers,Drag performances,Avant garde comedy ensemble,Vaudville,Paul Shaw,Bette Bourne