Soultrap Revue: Burlesque

Soultrap is a slinky, underground bar on Devonshire Street, Surry Hills. Once a month, they clear the tables to make room for a variety of scantily clad, feathered-and-sequined burlesque dancers.

While I missed most of the whole first act while picking up cocktails from the bar, I did manage to catch an abundance of pink sequins and some surprising tempo changes from my vantage point back near the bar.

The second act was Vivienne Rose, a self-described ‘Gothic goddess’. Ever wondered what Rose McGowan and Mortician Adams’ progeny would look like doing the splits? Me neither, but I have to say I’m glad I now know. Honestly, I’ve never been so delighted to see a woman look so uninterested as she gyrated to Lana Del Ray.

The show continued, bringing plenty of variety with the performers. The Vivas trio came out in gold and feathers with an old school Las Vegas-inspired number, followed by Sugar and Spice bringing Alice In Wonderland-esque acrobatics to the room. The headliner was, to my surprise, male performer Michale Wheatley. He sang and stripped and was evidently into nipple equality – his reveal involved silver sequined nipple covers, just like the women.

The crowd itself was raucous and enthusiastic (I got the impression it largely consisted of dedicated regulars to the monthly event), and the hostess was a Bettie Page look-a-like who giggled and wiggled in vintage lingerie.

Overall, the evening is an affordable (only $15!) option for a cheeky night out with friends. 

– Liv
Liv S. is a Sydney based copywriter and avid consumer of negronis. Her interests include burlesque shows, trying new things, and triple utterances. Check her out at

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Disclaimer: The Plus Ones were invited guests of Soultrap Revue and The Society Group.
Image credit: Soultrap Revue Facebook.