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…………