Walking into the Canberra Club, Salmesbury Aerodrome on a Saturday evening, you can’t quite believe your eyes… the scene is reminiscent of a lavish ornate setting in the middle of China Town. While there are no waiters to show you to your table, you are greeted by one or more members of the gangster squad and a whole picture perfect setting of lanterns, Chinese symbols, banners and tables adorned with flowers and fortune cookies. All around are the most splendid wares to compliment the evening’s themed dance ‘The adventures of Fu Manchu’. The gangster squad love to bring people together and Fu Manchu creates a perfect focal point for tonight’s dance and all things associated with this fictitious criminal genius who was created by the British author Sax Rohmer.
As the guests arrive in their finest oriental and vintage themed outfits, the room becomes vibrant with colour and charm. Dress to impress is the order of the night and the wide smiles cross their faces, as they see the rich colours and decoration of this fabulous Art Deco inspired room. The stage is set – complete with a gold adorned chair for Fu Manchu himself, scorpions, dragons and palm trees, lush backdrops and quirky table extras such as ‘Allens cocaine tablets (it’s just sherbet in a dish really!) fans for the ladies to keep themselves cool in-between dancing and the aroma of burning incense floating through the room.
The drinks flow as the DJ Katz Korner plays music from the 1920s, 30s and 40s and the dance floor begins to fill. Everyone is having a fabulous time embracing the mood of the night, laughing, chatting and loving the photo opportunities created by the many props placed in the room with help from the evenings official photographer Rob Vanner.
The night is in full swing and soon the gong sounds and onto the stage enters Fu Manchu himself, closely followed by his bride. They both seat themselves on the stage and the evening show then begins. ‘The daughters of Fu Manchu’ (the victory girls) enter onto the dance floor with a dance routine to a medley of songs from Miss Saigon, dressed in oriental style dresses, the girls move around the floor full of vigour and style and the guests applaud each step of the way. Fu Manchu steps forward and addresses the room with a menacing stance and soon has everyone laughing as his accent takes on an unexpected twist (a little Italian or even Indian more than oriental it seems!). It all adds to the fun and with that he moves to exit the stage and is followed by boos: perfect audience reaction for any villain!
Gifts are given out to those chosen by Fu Manchu, to have exceeded his expectations with their outfits, by his bride and the chosen guests are brought together for a social dance. The raffle is drawn and more dancing is done until the clock strikes 12 and it’s time to go home.
A night to remember and enjoyed by everyone, just one of the many themed dances being hosted at the Canberra club Salmesbury Aerodrome by The Gangster Squad. The next themed dance will be ‘Cuban Pete’s Havana club’ with DJ G.I. Jive, this will be held on Saturday 18th February 2017. Think mambo and cocktails and join the gang for another fun night in this fabulous venue.
For tickets contact Ray or Chris on 07739 231 991 / 07719 907 818
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