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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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’ http://filthbrighton.co.uk/  . 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.
http://www.satinandlace.seekers.org.uk/subspace.htm 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.

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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. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/nov/19/young-transgender-suicide-attempts-survey

“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. 

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

 

 

 

 

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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.

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.
Inspiration;
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!!!!!!

 

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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.
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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.
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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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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.

A walk on The Wild Side with Zelda Wilde as The Burlesque Herald plays its cards right.

The Burlesque Herald  takes a walk on the wild side with Zelda Wilde She a bad witch who captures the audience with  high energy, emotive performances. She has been described as very “bouncy.” Zelda has travelled around the world with her deck of tarot. Currently she teaches yoga in Brighton when she is not shimmying on the stage.
” When I went to a burlesque show to see a friend perform, I was enchanted.”
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How did you become interested in Burlesque?

I grew up in a very eccentric artist family. My father is a painter and my mother is an actress and a tarot reader. Outside my home I felt very out of place most of my youth. When I went to a burlesque show to see a friend perform, I was enchanted. I loved the variety of people performing and how all the performers seemed to embrace what made them different. Since then I fell madly and deeply in love with burlesque.


Where you have performed ?
I started modelling when I was 18 and eventually I got into go go dancing in various nightclubs. I got into burlesque later on and have been lucky enough to perform internationally since then alongside extremely talented and amazing performers.
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Which performers are your inspiration?
I feel inspired every time I watch someone perform burlesque. The creativity doesn’t cease to amaze me! For my own shows I get inspiration from beautiful glamour ghouls like Morticia Addams, Vampira,Elvira and I love the playfulness of Betty Page and of course glitter.
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Do you have any Shows coming up Zelda where you are performing Gory & Glam ?
Infinitease 4 Heat 7.
Uncaged London – Naughty on 8:00pm Tue 13th June

Doing Burlesque differently, The Burlesque Herald’s exclusive interview with Pixie Rider.

The Burlesque Herald interviews Pixie Rider about Burlesque and how she did not allow disability to affect her aspirations to become a burlesque performer. The Burlesque Herald learns of how Pixie Rider is continuously victorious over not just disabilities, but also helping to ensure there is no discrimination in the world of Burlesque……

.”Let’s encourage all people who want to perform irrelevant of any disabilities; it just takes some thought, remember not all conditions and illnesses are visible at first glance.”

 

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Who would you say is your inspiration?

Hmm… interesting question.  My hubby took me to my first ever burlesque show in 2011 and I fell in love with burlesque and asked for a lesson as a Christmas present.  Hubby managed to find me an 8 week course and I was smitten.  Although I said I would never wear a corset or perform in public at my first class.  That was January 2012 and I performed in March that year as part of a troupe!  I continued to do that until 2016.  I am not sure any burlesque act inspired me to start, but I do love the work of Diva Hollywood, L’Amour Le Monde, Lou Safire, Vicky Butterfly and Kiki Lovechild.  I saw L’Amour perform her then new “Breathe of Life” act in early 2016 and spoke to the teacher she had done a course with Saph Rox. I asked her if she would work with me and my mobility scooter to develop a solo act as due to diabetic neuropathy I could no longer dance with troupe due to my mobility issues.  I still loved burlesque and wanted to continue to perform, Saph said yes and my first act “Born to be Wild” was created.

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Can you tell our readers about any funny stories or experiences you may have?

I guess my first funny story as a solo performer was last year when I was accepted for one of Bella Stirrup competition heats. I left the hotel in full make-up and costume which was decent, but different to normal everyday fashion the look on the face of the receptionist was priceless. The Receptionist asked me on my return when I came back in leggings and t-shirt what I had been up too. It ended up in a really interesting conversation about what burlesque is.  My very first funny story happened on my 1st troupe performance. The day was international women’s day in a restaurant in Harlow Essex. I naively thought there would be a car park and as there was no formal changing room. I drove in my costume including stockings only to find out on my arrival the car park was tiny and full!! I had to park about 100-150 feet away and walk to the restaurant the only clothing I had in my car was a cardigan. I kept my dignity, but everyone could see my stocking tops. I remember walking down the road and in my head saying just be confident like you always go out dressed like this!!!!!!

Do you have any new acts your working on?

I have created a second act again with the help of Saph Rox, called “A Forest Pixie”. I have not performed this one publicly yet, but hope to do so soon.  I am not developing any new acts at the moment so that I can concentrate on the two acts I currently perform in order to tweak and improve upon them.  I have already made a number of changes to my first act and really enjoy receiving feedback from audience members, other performers and producers so that I can improve the acts and get the message across that “people with disabilities can still do burlesque We just have to do it differently.”

Please tell our readers about your experiences with disabilities & Discrimination within Burlesque?

“. If you are affected by an illness or condition you can still do the things you love.”

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This is a really interesting question as the motivation behind my first act before I even decided on the music was to get the message across that disability is just the ability to do things differently. If you are affected by an illness or condition you can still do the things you love.  I thought my first obstacle would be finding a teacher who would work with the “mad woman” and her mobility scooter now affectionately known as Luscious Legs.  However, Saph Rox was not phased at all and I felt very welcome as part of the course.  Saph and all the other participants in the course were lovely, especially as I had only had my scooter for a matter of weeks so was very aware of using it.  Since then I have probably been disregarded when I have applied for shows due to using a mobility scooter and producers being worried about health and safety and me being on the stage.  I do understand this, but would love the opportunity to discuss first as my scooter is very compact and light.  My hubby is always with me if the stage kitten needed help.  I can always adapt as I need to in order to perform, for example, when I went to perform at the Bollinger Club for the first time earlier this year the stage was much smaller than I expected so I just did some pre-show preparations and made the act work by starting of the stage so that there was sufficient space on the stage for Pixie Rider and Luscious Legs. The Performance went off without a hitch.  On a positive note Burlesque Idol did contact me and asked me a couple of questions which I was able to answer quickly and then I was given a slot in the September 2017 heat they were really excited to have my act as they have not had an act with a mobility scooter before.  I have not had any bad reactions from performers in fact just encouragement and positive comments from performers including Diva Hollywood, L’Amour le Monde and Rosie Glow. In fact I have made many friends.  I am now friends with other performers who use mobility aids in America through Facebook.  I work for a charity so I only go so far with the strip for that reason and also because it works for me as part of the act as I use parts of my costume to get the message about disability across. Burlesque is so varied that each performer is an individual.  I have also attended workshops with different well known burlesque artists and have always been made to feel welcome.  I do believe however, that there is a need for some open and honest conversations with producers to help me have the same opportunities as all other performers. Equal opportunities is not about treating each individual the same it is about ensuring that the playing field is level for everybody. For example, if the stage is too small for the scooter can my act be done in front of the stage and will the audience still see my performance?  If you are booking a venue for a workshop check that the building is disabled friendly and that if the studio is on the 1st or 2nd floor there is a lift, don’t assume that all dancers will be fully mobile.  Let’s encourage all people who want to perform irrelevant of any disabilities; it just takes some thought, remember not all conditions and illnesses are visible at first glance.

 

The Burlesque Herald with Portsmouth’s Goresque Horror Vampire Performer Demonica Latex.

Demonica Latex is Portsmouth’s Goresque Horror Vampire Burlesque performer at Burlesque by the Sea. Ladies and Gentlemen Demonica Latex has many roles in Burlesque performance. If She is not combining Burlesque with Gothic Vampire Horror, She is mud wrestling. Yes that is correct reader !! Mud wrestling ! The Burlesque Herald learned from their after midnight interview with Demonica accompanied by a Vodka, Lime & Soda. Not only does Demonica perform She also runs her own Show the very vibrant, witty and outrageous Burlesque By the Sea in Portsmouth.

In the red corner Demonica’s grunt and groan mud wrestling match versus long time rival Loretta LeBonke of Reading’s infamous Scarlet Vixens (in the blue corner) . Not to be confused with the antics of a Saturday afternoon, these two sassy wildcats battled it out against each other and of course the mud to a shocked audience. The arena was on hand following a purchase from a local market which doubled up a Children’s paddling pool.

Demonica of course when not hiding behind what appeared to be a false mustache reading a news paper is no stranger to Burlesque we find out more…..

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How did you become a Burlesque performer ?

I have loved Burlesque since I was a teenager, been going to shows for many many years and always loved reading about Burlesque through the ages and how it has evolved. I had always wanted to become a performer but really had no idea at all how to start or where to begin. I was very lucky that a good friend of mine (Loretta LeBonke) was part of the troupe The Scarlet Vixens in Reading and she managed to get me a spot stage kittening. I loved working with the troupe and it was a fantastic opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of burlesque, get inspiration for acts/costumes/networking etc and after a year of working as a kitten the troupe asked me to perform in a newcomer slot. I have to admit that even though I had a dreamed of this moment for a VERY long time, i was absolutely petrified, but incredibly excited. My first show was a whirlwind of emotion, I can’t actually remember the performance, but the feeling of euphoria when I came off the stage. I cannot explain how amazing I felt and the passion that I wanted to get back on stage asap. I was so lucky to have the amazing support and help of the troupe and they really helped me through every stage, I highly recommend stage kittening first for a year or so as it gave me much more confidence and inspiration.

I have had many emails from women saying how empowered they felt after the show….”

Who or what was your inspiration ?

I have always loved the style and fashion of Pin-Up Girls, so that naturally evolved into my love of Burlesque. I can’t say one performer was my inspiration, it was the whole culture of Burlesque and the complete body confidence and empowerment these performers gave off. I do absolutely love the style of Anna Fur Laxis as she can totally switch from Classic Burlesque, to quirky and unique styles. She has the most amazing ‘stage face’ and her expressions for me really draw me in. I have to say that since i started kittening, the whole Scarlet Vixens troupe are a huge inspiration as they are so supportive and knowledgeable and each performer has their own amazing style so there is always someone to ask no matter what question I may have. I love watching their shows as they are so diverse and just such a talented group of ladies!!
Do you teach Burlesque ?
No, I don’t feel I have enough experience to be able to teach, but I would always offer help and guidance if someone liked my style and needed advice.
I do have a amazing venue at The Coastguard Studio.”
Where would you like to be in a year’s time ?
I am currently running my own show Burlesque by the Sea in Southsea, so I would like to continue with these every three months and basically learn from each show, they are definitely a huge learning curve for me!! I would like to perform more this year, my shows take up quite a bit of time (along with my day job and being a mum), but I would like to push myself and apply to many more shows around the country. I am also teaching myself to use silk fans and Poi, so I would like to be much more experienced using these and maybe incorporate FIRE. Demonica Latex smiles.
Tell us about your mud wrestling, how did the crowd react ?
Haha this was a bit of a crazy idea to add extra fun to Burlesque by the Sea!! We filled a paddling pool with top soil as we couldn’t get mud and myself and the compere Loretta Lebonke basically had a brawl in the soil. It was not particularly choreographed, we just wanted to have fun and it went down really well because we just had such a laugh with it. Some of audience members said they thought it was hilarious and strangely erotic haha and it was nice to just have a comedy act that we had so much fun doing which I think drew the audience in.
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You started your Burly Career as a stage Kitten to performer, what drove you to put your own show on ?

After working outside of the area for so long and my love for Burlesque, I just had a crazy idea that I wanted to bring a show to my local area as I know there is a big love for Burlesque show on the South Coast (I have been going to Joe Blacks show at the Kings Theatre for so many years). It really was just a trial to test  the reaction and if there was a gap I could fill in Southsea at first, Well the first show was such an amazing success, I was totally overwhelmed and the audience kept asking when then next show would be held. So I booked the next show the next day and the rest is history!! It is hard work but I absolutely love the planning, promotion and of course getting to meet so many talented performers. I know I was lucky to get my first newbie slot, so I love the fact that Burlesque by the Sea can offer this opportunity to other passionate performers.

 

What do you take away from putting shows on ? 

I love watching the audience to be honest, seeing them laugh and cheer and smile is a massive passion for me!! We are getting regulars now and this makes it all worth while as I know they are enjoying themselves and I am also introducing Burlesque to people who maybe did not fully understand what Burlesque represents. I have had many emails from women saying how empowered they felt after the show and love the fact that our performers represent every type and shape of woman and they can feel the body confidence radiating off the performers!!

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What frustrates you the most about promotion ? 

I am still finding my feet with promotion. I find social media is such an amazing form of advertising, so use this as much as I can. I have wasted a lot of money of leaflets/leafleting/posters etc and for me this method is not so effective. I do have a amazing venue at The Coastguard Studio, and they really jump on board and help with promotion. The manager James has a prime property opposite the Kings Theatre, and has used this to promote with a huge banner especially when the House of Burlesque is running to capitalize the burlesque audience.
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