Queens of burlesque to do battle

STARS: Karen Murray is producing the burlesque show and competition Queen of Seduction, in which her daughter Sarina Clark stars.
STARS: Karen Murray is producing the burlesque show and competition Queen of Seduction, in which her daughter Sarina Clark stars. David Nielsen

IPSWICH burlesque enthusiast Karen Murray is rekindling her love for the art by fostering new talent.

Her upcoming competition for emerging performers has been woven into a theatrical play, called Queen of Seduction, which is loosely based on the fairytale 12 Dancing Maidens.

Ms Murray's daughter Sarina Clark, aka "Miss Charming", will be one of 12 contestants in the competition to be held at the Metro Arts Studio in Brisbane.

"This is the third year running that I have held the competition," Ms Murray said.

"I was a burlesque dancer for years but stopped when I had children, but I have recently started again."

The contestants - some of whom will come from interstate to take part - will choose their own music and costumes but will adhere to the theme of the night.

In the fairytale, a king is mystified by the nightly disappearance and reappearance of his 12 daughters.

He offers a reward to the man who can work out where his daughters go at night.

"Queen of Seduction is a joyous celebration of the feminine, taking you on a journey into a magical world, peppered with humour and naughtiness, that will keep you enraptured and guessing until the end," Ms Murray said.

Performers have been rehearsing for several weeks.

For ticket information, visit and search for Queen of Seduction.

The performance will be held from 7.30pm on September 13 at Metro Arts, 109 Edward St, Brisbane.

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