The Burlesque Herald reviews The Worthing Wormhole Comic : Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention.

It was time once again to select the reliable and warm Steampunk attire for Worthing’s first Comic Convention at The assembly hall and evening event at St Pauls Worthing. Ticket price in advance from £8 for an adult and £4 for a child made for an excellent day out on a cold miserable day. Car parking  is £2 for 4 hours.


Sharing a Camera lense with Professor Elemental.

There were the usual guests and display from Steampunk Rapper Professor Elemental. Droids, Daleks, Cybermen, Red Sonja and retail stalls to look at and purchase from. A games room hosted the war games which proved very interesting to the untrained eye. To witness an on board re-enactment of the Battle of Endor in orbit was something else.  A cosy corner for the latest in the video gaming world. Even younger children were catered for with face painting.

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There was excellent food and eatery trailers outside if you fancied tea or Mexican. Inside was cakes and light bites to keep you going for the after party. For a short walk (yes dressed in Sci-Fi) you could reach the many eating and drinking establishments of Worthing.

All in all the this was the Wormhole’s first event. There will always be teething problems with events debuts, but that is of course taking nothing away from it. The Wormhole will grow from strength to strength as organisers will look back and learn on how they will do things differently. It is an event in a grateful city which needs more events like this at its venues as the climate reduces the need for Ice Cream and deck chairs on the beach. The future looks promising as 850 guests passed through the daytime gates and  its advertised it will return in April 2018. Just one fix might be to allow if possible families to attend at the after party. Good luck and We will see you in April 2018 !!


Let the Talent through ! Burlesque Games 2017.

That is the Burlesque Games concluded for another year. We have a new crowned Burlesque Queen for their annual reign. In reality of course this is insignificant. It is probably decided who will wear the crown long before the curtain goes up.

But is that not the same star studded line up as the year before and before that ? The mind boggles, maybe there is a roster of winners. Some have argued that this is the established performers reasserting their regime like Russian forces on Moscow Victory Parade Day. But is it not time to show us something new. We do not have to look to far either. The Grass Root level is where to begin.

It cannot be ignored there is in fact talent that would and in a lot of instances out class a lot of the performers on the weekend’s line up. Performers such as Siouxsie Roux, Dorset, South West England, whose performance as Queen Liz the first (She was in fact a real Queen without question) would certainly bowl any audience over let alone Sir Francis Drake’s bowls at Plymouth Hoe ! But absent. Why ?

Looking at the map from the South West of England towards Wales you could muster the might of the Welsh Dragon. Dorine Chantepie performing to the Caravan club, Lili Del Fleur with Paddington Bear and Flissy Tease. The finest in talent from Wales and not one of them on the line up.

It is also clear that too in the world of Burlesque We don’t have many confusers. But We have Rosie Glow of Portsmouth. The only performing confuser in the UK and not even invited to the king’s court for a chance at the crown. Poor form if you ask me. Portsmouth also has more to offer then diesel guzzling ferries too. The very talented Burlesque by The Sea headed up by Demonica Latex and Loretta Lebonke is very worthy of a place at the games. These performers can change theme like I change my clothes very inventive and creative, yet not at the games ?

At the home counties We have the athletic Sakura Cyanide. This performer has it all and is evident She can charm a crowd. Her height and statuesque alone commands her authority both on the stage and floor. Sakura would bounce off a large venue and throw the audience exactly what it needs for an electric atmosphere.

Now Essex is yet another powerhouse for talent. Scarlet Blossom’s adaptation of Chaz and Dave’s Rabbit Rabbit with audiences thinking about the gaffer tape over the mouth and it’s not so obvious relevance to the act would leave audiences in stitches. With many more such as Sian Trigwell, Lady Blue Phoenix  and more.

Brighton’s Zelda Zemzare offers some Eastern spice with something very alternative for romantic couples in the audience. Zelda a reliable and punctual performer who is willing to travel for the satisfaction of entertaining.

There also seems to be a real distinct lack of the performers from minority groups . Whom can all be found at grass root level. We have already mentioned some of those very talented individuals, but again Pixie Rider who is no stranger to the stage is not performing. Pixie Rider’s act is a story of overcoming the struggles of disability and her desire to be a performer in Burlesque is worthy alone of being in the line up.The gesture of her inclusion would be seen as a transparent acknowledgement from the Burlesque games promoters that  ‘Disabled’ ‘People of Colour’, ‘LGBT’ and ‘Queer’ are welcome in Burlesque.

Alas We have a show that turns its back on grass root talent and minority groups.It is about time these very deserving performers who are the real grafters of burlesque are given a break. It’s not to late as there is next year and the year after that and the year after that…………

Editorial Comment. Burlesque Games 2017.

Looks like the line up for Burlesque games for 2017 has been announced. A star studded line up is confirmed albeit a few exceptions, with that a few exceptions are missed too. Many grass root level performers who could easily have made the cut sadly have been left out.

Of course We will let our readers decide on whom they think should have been allowed to enter for a chance of winning the crown or indeed whom they think should be crowned the Burlesque Champion. Email your thoughts to us here at The Burlesque Herald.

However, it must be clear to all that the firm favourite just has to be without question the very creative Smashlyn Monroe. Smashlyn has gone from strength to strength and has over come all the odds in making herself an absolute success in Burlesque. From El Rico to her tour of Cirque Le Soir Dubai says enough here at The Burlesque Herald !!

Readers watch this space as Smash Smashes the stage.

Bringing Burlesque to Orange County by Lillian Dujour.

The Burlesque Herald took a long haul flight across the pond to Los Angeles for an exclusive interview with Lillian Dujour. We joined Lillian during rehearsal of her new Whispering Sisters Burlesque & Cabaret Show in Orange County, California.

Lillian how did you come up with your stage name and whom was your inspiration ?   

 My stage name is Lillian DuJour and as you know it can be quite a process to develop a burlesque name and persona.  It actually took me about 2 months to finally decide on my stage name.  I had a great-great aunt who was a young girl in the 1920’s. I remember my Mom and her sisters talking about ‘how risque’ my Aunt Lilly was.  After she passed away, they found several ‘very sexy’ lingerie items in her bedroom and shared a lot of laughs as they reminisced how strong, feisty, independent of a women she was. During WW2 she lied about her age (told them she was younger) so she could work at the aircraft factory!
Viola!, a perfect match to use her name for my Burlesque name.  I was struggling with my Burlesque last name and one day in my doctor’s office, he had a magazine in the waiting room that was called DuJour!  That was it!!!!   Lillian DuJour was officially born.

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I remember dancing and singing all the songs from Gypsy Rose Lee, the musical when I was 5 yrs. old.  Let Me Entertain You and You Gotta Have a Gimmick were my favorites.  I don’t think my parents ever thought that someday I would be on a burlesque stage!
At 7 yrs. old, I started competitive figure skating.  As an elite ice skater, I hold double gold medals in the US and Canada, I was a principal ice show performer, and coached & choreographed for over 40 years.
The first burlesque act is saw was while I was looking burlesque up on my computer. When I came across Charlotte Treuse’ video from the 6th annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival…her rocking horse act.  I thought to myself  she performs like I would like to do/or what I knew was my style….playful/sexy/confident/can laugh at herself etc. and her costume was amazing.   OK if this is burlesque, I want IN!!!!!!



Where do you live and how do you think burlesque is received ?

I live in Newport Beach which is located 40 miles south of LA/Hollywood.  Orange County where Newport Beach is located.  There are very few things to do late at night throughout the week.  I am hoping to help make a difference with what burlesque can bring to it’s audiences.  Positive female body image, along with learning how to laugh at one’s self and help educate the public about this art form.  My tagline is “sexy at any age”!  I offer lessons & workshops to help women find and own their Jeni se qua!
After hearing that so many women over 30 to 40 are going through depression and feel like life is over; I did not want to fall into that category!
What can I do that’s new, challenging, and a lot of fun with the experiences I have had in my life?
AH…BURLESQUE   Perfect fit as I am a showgirl at heart and I am passionate about living life fully and being ‘sexy at any age’!
So I have officially jumped from ice skating into Pasties a year ago.
“I’m 61 yrs. Right now and married to a man that I met when I was performing in ice shows…we reconnected in 2010…he’s 15 yrs. my junior!”
I believe being silly and sexy has kept me young at heart.  When people say I don’t look my age, I alway laugh and say “it’s because I have been on ‘ice’ my whole life” LOL referring to being in an ice arena!   But it stems from my attitude, I believe…I hang out with and relate more with younger people.
I’m coming up to my 1 year anniversary in Burlesque…and I have had amazing opportunities.  A friend asked me to be an extra in his  Indie, full feature film, Wine Tasting.  The day I was on set the director, Josh Mitchell of Wickid Pissa productions found out I was Burlesque Artist and he said “come back tomorrow, I am writing you into the story line!”  What an experience for this old lady!…Josh was and continues to be so supportive. Keep an eye out for his work.
Street Motivation Magazine has also recently interview me and I have met so many wonderful and supportive producers and artists this past year. I am truly grateful.
Have you or would you like to perform in Las Vegas?
LAS VEGAS funny you should ask.
My parents started taking me there when I was only 3 yrs.old.  That was back in the days when kids were not allow at all in the casinos.  So I did grow up seeing all the different show names lit up as they drove me down the Strip.  Can you imagine being able to see all those lights as a little girl?  Perhaps that is where I got the love for glitter & glam.
Las Vegas is about a 4 hour drive for me and I still love to go visit and see the shows.  Several of my ice skating friends live there. After our ice show days, they moved there to work behind the scenes of the different shows.
During my ice skating days I was invited to skate at an opening, but now I am happy to leave performing in Vegas to all the young talented and long legged showgirls these days.
Thank you Burlesque Herald for coming across the pond to support Burlesque and my New Show!
I have 2 passions in life;
To make a difference in people’s lives, by helping them become the best they can be and performing.  What a perfect find…Burlesque.  Empowering Women & I’m back under the spotlights!
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Confused ? Meet Rosie Glow Burlesque Performer, Portsmouth.

To an unsuspecting audience, Rosie Glow may just seem like another Burlesque performer. But for the cult followers of Rosie Glow She represents Burlesque diversity. She is a man performing as a woman. Not only does Rosie Glow represent diversity, She actively promotes it and has taken to touring around the UK from her home town of Portsmouth to London,Worthing and other places.

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Rosie Glow is one of the very few confusers on the Burlesque circuit at the moment. In fact We believe She may be the only one in the UK (probably). With a super size suitcase of tricks Rosie Glow can find an act or two to suit an audience with a pleasant surprise. Well readers it would not be a surprise if We told you. Rosie has won awards for her performances and openly admits some pre-show nerves which is hastily cured by a quick taste of her favourite tipple.

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We asked Rosie about attitudes towards her ?

I guess that most of my life I’ve been a crossdresser, though it hasn’t always been an easy thing to do, partly because of negative attitudes towards it. My first partner found it a difficult thing to get her head around, and so with her I always suppressed it. My second partner I loved dearly and I was honest with her from the beginning about it. She really tried to understand it. Unfortunately she died of cancer seven years ago. I find atitudes now to be  better, and are great on the burlesque scene.

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How did you then cope with both the loss of your loving partner and a desire to express yourself ? Rosie explains…

Shortly after this I started going to the occasional burlesque show. I loved the artistry, the femininity of it, as well as the sheer fun of it! A couple of years later I went to a show performed by the then Vixens in Portsmouth and I noticed the leader of the troupe, Veronique Devine on the poster for the show, said she gave burlesque lessons. A few weeks later I plucked up the courage and rang her. I have to say her attitude to me was great, and she began to teach me burlesque. To begin with I was rubbish. The man in me shone through. My moves were awkward and masculine. However, I practised at home and continued to have lessons and slowly it began to click into place. Veronique asked me what I wanted to achieve with the lessons, and I told her I would like to perform a routine live.

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Rosie, once you had some lessons, how was your performance received ?

Together we worked out a routine. It wasn’t good, but I performed it in front of the other Vixens and I had a guardedly positive reaction. My strength it appears was my face and the character I put into the act. On the other hand my moves were still on the awkward side.

The night of the show came. I was very nervous and had no idea of how the audience would react. I made so many basic errors, my movements were awkward, but the audience loved it!

Rosie Glow was born!

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Tell our readers how things have moved on for you.

Since then I have performed all over the place, though mainly in the south. I am often introduced as ‘the confuser’ as I often seem to confuse people when performing, as to my gender.As times gone on my movements have got more fluid, although I still can get very nervous. Performing to an audience definitely gives me a ‘buzz’, and the burlesque community is very supportive. I still perform with the VIxens in Portsmouth and elsewhere, although they are now called, ‘The Foxes’. However, I also often perform without them as a solo artist. I guess I fill a gap in the burlesque scene, in the sense I am a man performing as a woman. Not drag exactly as I try to be a realistic woman, although I’ll often take my wig off at the end of an act to make it clear. that I’m not.

In your own words, for any cross dressers reading your interview today, what would you like to say to them ?

To all those other Cross dressers out there I would say the important things are firstly you should always be honest about who and what you are, and secondly, it is never too late to try something you really want to do.

Rosie x

On behalf of The Burlesque Herald We would like to thank you for taking the time with us today and wish you luck on the Burlesque circuit.

Steampunk World’s Fair – Cancelled

A sad day for Steampunk……..

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After several weeks of discussions, and publicized business changes, following posts in late January revealing sexual abuse allegations,

Sexual abuse allegations crawling out of steampunk community (TW)

Time to Name Drop and Protect Newbies

the Silver Phoenix Society announced On February 20,2018, it was taking over the production of Steampunk World’s Fair.

However, it was announced tonight, March 13, 2018, on the Steampunk World’s Fair Facebook page that Silver Phoenix Society’s involvement in the event was ending, effectively cancelling the May 2018 festival.

From the Facebook page:

We are hereby ending Silver Phoenix Society’s involvement with the event known asSteampunk World’s Fair, that was to take place the first week of May. The community that we
love and support has made it clear that this event is forever tainted by the former management’smisdeeds and mistakes, and we acknowledge the pain that was caused and we do not want tocontinue…

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“Why Charity Burlesque is for me !! Exclusive with Raspberry Cardinale. “

The Burlesque Herald took a GWR train to Plymouth to interview  Raspberry Cardinale whom has been a performer in Cities such as Bristol Pix and Mix, Plymouth UPSU Burlesque Society (Raspberry told The Herald She loves them and they helped her grow)  and London Burlesque Idol. Inspired by Auora Galore.

Raspberry Cardinale who performs acts such as Madonna fan dance, the very ‘personal’ bird of Paradise and a classic sultry ‘Goldeneye’ dance.

The Herald asked Raspberry why She  is leaving the World of Burlesque and your fans will be very sadden ? Raspberry gave this pragmatic reply ‘ After a very steep learning curve I’m coming back to the burlesque world to rock It harder than ever !!.’

Tell us more about your charity events ? I love to do charity events some of my best shows have been when it’s for a good cause the audiences are great at my last show for flynns footsteps as soon as I left the stage I had members of the audience wanting me back on was certainly in demand and loved that and it was even better cause the audience could not get enough of my acts. The Charities I sponsor are The Kidney Cancer Association  and Fynn’s First Footsteps.



The Burlesque Herald investigates a BDSM and its attitude towards the LGBT community in Brighton.

When you think of Brighton it gives the impression of Liberation, Understanding and Tolerance for all. Coupled with a vibrant liberal nightlife, Brighton sets the scene of a fun city free from prejudice. So a BDSM event should fit comfortably in Brighton ? The Burlesque Herald investigates further.

The Burlesque Herald after scanning the review pages of Facebook found one BDSM club going by the name of FILTH was not acting within the traditional liberal attitudes towards associated with Brighton’s diverse communities. The Burlesque Herald observed Filth was using Miss Overdose’s (Burlesque performer/Model Miss Overdose) artwork as promotion(Filth Event page Facebook).Whether or not FILTH had permission to use the images remains unclear. The Herald’s attention was drawn to the damming review page of FILTH (Filth Facebook Page) 

The FILTH BDSM Club is hosted by the venue Subline which describes itself on its website as Brighton’s member only Cruise bar. Subline hosts nights such as ‘Cum in your pants‘ and ‘The Big Scrum.’ Subline is situated in the diverse district of Kemptown, Brighton. 

The FILTH promotion that operates at Subline is hosted by Kitten Skye real name Skye De La Mare of The Dungeon Bar, now closed Dungeon Bar LTD. . The FILTH club night takes place once a month and ticket prices range from £15 to £25 per person. With Shock Horror sold out most likely with 120 people attending (Brighton Licensing conditions) and with an average ticket price of £20, making Filth a nice touch of £2400 take for one night. 

A theme is normally set to give guests an idea on how to dress for the occasion. The Herald discovered a series of poor reviews surrounding the FILTH event which involved a guest wearing an S.S. Nazi uniform and an inappropriate image involving Miss Overdose following a suicide in Brighton’s TRANS community.


It would seem from the Facebook reviews FILTH Management failed to answer any of the complaining guest’s reviews. Evidently, the dress code was misleading and offensive allowing one guest to wear an SS uniform on a school dress themed night. The review page on the whole shows a 5 star rating, but complaints and poor reviews had been made. The evidence of cyberbullying and transphobia was compelling. Administrators fell short of dealing with issues raised correctly and showed no professionalism.  

Readers will have empathy and understand that any association with SS atrocities during World War 2. It also has to be stated that although they committed genocide against Jews, the SS were also anti LGBT, Disabled, POC and Queer. Brighton is a diverse city where members of those communities come to live and work in Brighton. To allow a guest to a school themed BDSM event in an SS uniform seems in was received negatively The Herald can report.  


The Herald inserted an undercover journalist at the venue when the FILTH event was taking place on the night of the 15th of September 2017. The dress theme was ‘Back to school’. Filth facebook Page.

“…hygiene was poor after guests were using the bed for sex.  “

Although We do not and would not publish pictures of guest’s antics, it was observed by our undercover Journalist that BDSM play equipment was present and a Round Red Bed. There were some guests being spanked on the play equipment and having  group sex on the Round Red Bed.


The Burlesque Herald seems to recall Brighton’s infamous Round Red Bed making several guest appearances around the city amongst other events over the years, clocking up more mileage than the Yellow bus. The Herald Journalist team made observations in the street of passenger numbers riding on the Yellow Bus and concluded more people were riding the Big round Red Bed at any given time.


Our undercover journalist observed that hygiene was poor after guests were using the bed for sex. The Herald believes this fits in with Filth’s ethos ‘The wet panty teen dream of Kitten Skye (of Dungeon Bar infamy) who longed for something darker, more raw…filthier. We hope to send you on a sensation overdrive each and every time you come to our night’  . Filthier for sure !

The Herald also learned from the Facebook event page for October’s event page ‘Join Kitten Skye and her filthy friends this HALLOWEEN as we SHOCK AND HORROR with our outfits, our behaviour and our play’ That certainly was the case when they stipulated a school dress night and the S.S. were in attendance. However, the event page does go on to say ‘Please respect Filth’s Fetish dress code, IF you want to dress to theme that’s great but your outfit still must have a Fetish edge to it, kink it up with collars, cuffs, corsets, lingerie, latex, pvc and more (maybe the S.S. guest opted for the ‘more’ clause ?) . Get creative, if you can’t then stick to normal Fetish wear please. We reserve the right to not allow entry to anyone not looking the part’ (It would be interesting to find out how many guests are in fact turned away ?). Perhaps a mention of whether offensive wear is permissible or not should be entered into the current ‘clear as mud’ dress code ? Arguably, its Filth Management who should get creative over their dress code, but that may prove difficult when you have sold £4000 worth of tickets ! Filth facebook Page.

Filth Management entered the following dress code clause for the Shock Horror event to cover the arrival of more S.S. Nazis or even the Ku Klux Klan  ‘We also warn all our guests that we allow full freedom of expression of peoples kinks no matter how Taboo they are and you are asked to come with the attitude of ‘Your Kink Is Not My Kink But That’s Ok’  Filth Facebook page . Interestingly, Filth Management did not allow the same Freedom of Expression on their review page from clearly shocked and horrified guests when giving their feedback, which was subsequently removed but that’s ok. 

Readers will also note the amount of activities available to guests, but all in all Kinksters go to pursue the natural drug known as Subspace. There are some whom might suggest (although  We will be waiting a long time for the Jury’s verdict) that the natural drug may be addictive. According to The Herald’s undercover journalist there is not enough play equipment to go round and keep the kinky guests in Subspace. The after care area is also lacking.



It also is apparent to The Burlesque Herald that Filth Management ignored requests by guests for using Miss Overdose’s images for the forth coming Halloween event billed as ‘Shock Horror’ Facebook Filth Page.. Guests canvassed FILTH Management about using the image as three members of the TRANS community had committed suicide recently in Brighton. There was genuine concern in the reviews about the safety of the LGBT TRANS community attending such an event and even working at the venue. Filth Management’s reaction was of course dealt with in the usual way, remove the review once and then remove some more. However, does it not say on the Filth event page ‘Any questions don’t be afraid to ask…we’re big on consent and only bite when you beg’ ? Filth Facebook . Maybe Filth bit off more than they could chew concerning  some of the reviews.

According to PACE, nearly half of Transgender people have taken their lives.

“All publicity is good publicity and I hear they covered up offending swastikas.”

When the review was posted Pasha De La Mare was not only insensitive, but was also abusive on the review thread. The evidence is clear that FILTH’s Management do not wish to address, resolve or take responsibility. The Burlesque Herald found this statement on Pasha De La Mare’s website Pasha Du Valentine  ‘There was a furore last night over one of the Filth guests wearing an S.S. uniform and no it was not me. All publicity is good publicity and I hear they covered up offending swastikas.’

Well it would seem that it was not just the Swastikas that was covered up, it was several one star reviews made the FILTH facebook review page Facebook FILTH Page. The review has since been removed by the administrators twice.  The original post made was a comprehensive five point complaint with one hundred and twenty eight comments, which involved transphobia and cyber-bullying as a result of the review. And has still not been dealt with. But is it not the case that all publicity is good publicity ? 

The whole affair has not damaged Filth’s customer base currently. Shock Horror sold out three weeks ago ! However, these incidents may prove damaging in the long term  as news spreads in Brighton very quickly around its diverse communities. The real question now falls in the court of the communities in Brighton and what action they will take. They are certainly not to be under estimated in their ability to collectively organise and take their very own peaceful, yet effective action. 


The Burlesque Herald contacted both FILTH and Subline for comment and both declined to comment.





Steampunk…. Seriously?

A learned Lecture by Professor Elemental…..

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by Professor Elemental

Being a grown up is hard. Mortgages, illnesses, car payments, credit card bills, parenting and politics; these are not activities for the faint hearted. So it’s no wonder that all of us seek some kind of escape from time to time. There’s the telly and the computer, sports and video games, a cornucopia of exciting drugs and new sexual combinations- all there to help ease the pressure of modern life. Still, some of us like to go that extra mile; for some of us, it’s not enough, to watch science fiction- we want to be science fiction. Why sit around imagining an outlandish fantasy when you could actually go out and live it for a while, or at least a fair approximation of it?

That, to me, is the joy of Steampunk. To don a metal arm, squeeze into an impossible corset or even just pop on…

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