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…………

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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.

Burlesque in Decline ? Editorial Comment.

Burlesque in decline seems to be a subject matter grabbing the Burly threads of debate so far this summer.We constantly read show cancellations, as promoters and producers struggle to pull in the punters. But is it around to stay or a seasonal blip ? Some promoters have appealed to their peers to kick start the slump in ticket sales to support each others’ gigs.

Paid performers perhaps need to command less of a fee ……..

Arguably the Burly family by making visits to other promotion’s shows will help, but promoters are the forgotten lot. Frantically making bookings and finding venues acceptance and tolerance to Burlesques is a thankless task leaving promoters out of pocket.

 

Also and this is the contentious part  performers fees can also stretch the promoters budget into deficit  following on from advertising and promotions. Paid performers perhaps need to command less of a fee or assist in promoting their worthy presence at a show regularly in advance instead of leaving it to the ever last minute. In comparison to a performer who charges no fee, but advertises and brings a following are more appealing to Promoters budgets in breaking even.

…the general public may be put off by anything more than £5……

Attracting audiences is a strategic importance. Promoters having to be diligent in thinking to ticket price and location. The austere whipped general public are looking for a cheap night out on their doorstep. A low ticket fee is favourable and makes shows accessible to the many not the few. Of course a plush venue is attractive, but the general public may be put off by anything more than £5 for acts they know little about and sometimes not announced until the last minute. On the other hand venues at the heart of the community may be more in tune with the general public and with an night out accessible to all filled with performers from all over the country who are genuine Burly performers simply for the love.

Only time will tell if Burlesque is in decline, possibly dictated to by a hot summer as the public prefer to be outside instead off in front of their devices finding something to do . Choosing BBQs, festivals and holidays over shows.  A hot Summer may prove to long for Burlesque.

Our Editorial Comment General Election 2017.

The 8th of June is General Election day here in the UK. Never in recent times has there ever been such a clear choice of policies presented to the people of the UK. Many of us in the Burly world have a daytime job and many of us have families to look after young and old.

Society needs more love and peace within its fabric. Over the years We have seen our public services put into neglect and decline. The NHS, Royal Mail, The police, The Arts, civil and workers rights has been eroded away. Take a walk along Brighton, Bournemouth and Worthing, what do you see ? The homeless ! We are one of the richest countries in the world and yet We see more homeless camped outside in the elements than ever before. This is a result of housing benefit cuts over the last seven years.

Massive profits have been made of workers’ back in exchange for very little job security. Many companies such Sports Direct have and continue to make huge profits off the back of poorly paid workers on zero hour contracts. We even have skilled staff in teaching making and shaping youngsters for Britain’s future on zero hour contracts ! We have NHS staff over worked and absorbing vacancies in our hospitals and We wonder why We have to wait for operations. All this for lack of funds, but there is always money for bombs and tax concessions to tax havens.

The Burlesque Herald see’s no justification in supporting a conservative Government, who has neglected its duty of care to its people through relentless cuts to our services and at the same time We pay more tax and more people are relying on foodbanks than ever before.

The Burlesque Herald urges all its readers to exercise your right to vote and vote to elect a Labour Government for a better life ! Vote Labour.