As we’re just one short day away from the return of Luscious Cabaret, we couldn’t let you miss meeting this charming lady! Bonnie Knockers will be bringing her humour and glamour to the Albany’s stage tomorrow night, where she will be starring in her very own period drama! So without further ado…
1. Tell us a bit about why you decided to start performing.
I always loved acting at school/uni but felt my heart lay more in the arts education/charity world than full-time performing. I got hooked on burlesque about 5/6 years ago, but didn’t take the plunge to perform until last year, when I met the wonderful Ooh La Lou through a friend of a friend, who kindly introduced me to Miss Tempest Rose herself. I word-vomited at her for half an hour until she suggested I take her performance course at House of Burlesque, and I thought “sod it, the world’s gone mad so it’s now or never”. In short: you can all blame Brexit for my burlesque career.
2. Do you remember your first time on stage? How did that go?
Well my first time onstage EVER was in my mum’s uterus, a complex role of foetus-belonging-to-pregnant-chorus-member. Sadly I don’t remember it but I guess I had to get the bug from somewhere…
3. Any memorable audience members that you’ve encountered throughout your career?
My friends are pretty memorable audience members: I feel really proud that performers have approached me just to say how fantastic they are as a crowd. When I won my Burlesque Idol heat in January, my strongest memory is my best friend’s mum standing in the front row screaming “YES” repeatedly. It was glorious.
4. We’ve all had those days when we feel like doing nothing. What motivates you to be productive on a daily basis?
Now, I’m that lucky sod who everyone hates because I have my dream day-job. So that’s already a motivator, but even more so now I’m balancing that with a budding burlesque career: I love both and want to give both all the blood, sweat and ovaries I can, plus it’s nice to squeeze a social life in too…basically I’m an infuriating optimist and hate letting people down, so have resigned myself to not watching Empire or the entire Blue Planet series until retirement.
5. What do you think is people’s first impression of you?
I don’t think onstage me and offstage me are that different: Knockers is just more exaggerated and better dressed. Onstage, the hope is “entertaining feminist hourglass”, the reality is probably “girl, learn to walk in heels”. In everyday life, the hope is kind, funny and strong, the reality is definitely “she talks too much”.
6. What is your biggest asset and your biggest flaw as a performer?
I’m going to avoid the obvious answer to my “biggest” asset(!) and instead say my brain is pretty handy: it throws up lots of ideas (of varying value!) and usually makes my face and body enact them in the right order. My biggest flaws are wardrobe malfunctions, balance issues, stomach-crushing nerves and losing the ability to be normal around people I idolise.
7. Tell us how you’d spend an ideal day off.
What is a day off?
8. Favourite drink?
I never say no to tequila…