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Until I came to work at Hen Heaven I had never been to a male strip show before. So when I was invited to a show last year I was more than happy to attend (in the name of market research of course!) I hadn’t quite expected to be invited on stage and asked to dance (badly) before being lifted up in a Dirty Dancing-esque lift by the lovely Louis. Let’s just say that the Adonis lads certainly didn’t put this baby in the corner! So as an exclusive treat and to provide you with some insight into the sexy world of male strippers. I’ve managed to grab the lovely founder of Adonis Cabaret - Tristan Mills - for a quick Q&A...
A: Years before Adonis became the fully fledge brand that is it now. I noticed that male strip shows were either awkwardly serious or terribly seedy – and some of them still are! However, I started Adonis 17 years ago because I wanted to create a show that was still naughty, risqué but funny with a good amount of tongue n’ cheek thrown in to keep spirits high and the laughter flowing. After all, we have ladies of all mixed ages attending our shows, from sisters, to mothers and of course friends. So the show has to appeal to everyone and it has to have the perfect mix of naughtiness and humour which I think we've achieved. I like to think of Adonis as ‘a comedy show… but with knobs.’
A: Currently there are 7 static shows in the UK and most of the cities have elements and acts unique to that location. We’ve also added/plan to add 2 more static locations, Manchester which we launched last month and we’re going to add Cardiff next year as well.
A: At Adonis we have high standards when it comes to recruiting: we strive for a certain look because we want to give you ladies the very best of what you want. We look for gorgeous guys with great bodies (abs are a must!) and plenty of charisma. Because at Adonis we pride ourselves in being ‘gentlemen of the strip.’ We work with many talented photographers who sometimes recommend fitness models to apply to be Adonis hunks, and of course there’s always word of mouth from our fans on Facebook. So if you know anyone then head to the Adonis Facebook page and tag/mention someone you think would make a good Adonis hunk!
A: The people. I work with people who are both fun and funny and let’s face it – we get paid to make ladies laugh, smile and swoon. If we can make our audience experience one (if not all) of those, then we’ve done our jobs in terms of delivering that ‘Adonis Experience.’
A: The UV paint show with drums. I was lucky enough to watch the Blue Man Group years ago, and during the show it got me thinking ‘what if we got a nude, hunky guy doing this instead?’ Then the idea for the act hit me and it was an act I did for my own show back in the day. Nowadays I’ve passed the act on to a select few guys all over the country, so if you haven’t seen it yet then I highly recommend it!
A: The firemen - hands down! It’s a classic for a reason and every lady loves a smoking hot fireman!
(Editor’s Note: - I can attest to this! It was my favourite act in the show!)
A: Adonis loves getting involved and helping out whenever we can! We support lots of different charities but our main four are the Macmillan, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Cancer Research and Help for Heroes. In fact, we currently have four ex-servicemen on our payroll at the moment. So it’s a charity that particularly resonates with us.
(Editor’s Note: - Again, I can attest to this: Tristan kindly donated to the Hen Heaven Bridal Walk last year.)
A: Wardrobe malfunctions happen from time to time, but that’s to be expected when you have costumes and costume changes. However there have also been some ‘male malfunctions’… make of that what you will!
A: We had a customer buy a gravestone for one of our main acts once. It’s got his face engraved on it and everything - that was strange! We also had a lady who paid a large sum of money for a full Adonis Tour show (think lights, sound systems all transported in a tour van) but to be performed in her front room – just to her (which we didn't know during the booking process!) We were so surprised when we turned up at a domestic residence! We assumed we were performing in a bigger, public space! Eventually she called a few friends over to watch with her, but that was very odd!
A: We’ve got a massive UK tour planned and on the 3rd of June we’ll be auditioning for our ‘Hollywood Strip Tour’ in London. We even have Danielle Armstrong and Georgia Kousoulou from TOWIE helping us with the judging. The show is inspired by some of the best films in Hollywood such as Dirty Dancing, An Officer and a Gentleman and Saturday Night Fever. However we’ll be putting our unique Adonis twist on them! So keep your eyes peeled and keep checking back for more information and tour dates!