It’s nearly here! The show is tomorrow. We’ve sat down for a chat with the incomparable Stormina Teacup.
She graduated from the Luscious Classes a year ago and now she is back with a new act.
Why did you start performing?
Firstly, there was my love of corsets and bustles. When I realised that burlesque can be very political and empowering I was completely sold. I love costume, singing, dancing, feminism and politics and cabaret is so bonkers and creative – I just love the freedom that I have as a performer.
Of all of your acts, which is your favourite to perform?
I’m hoping it will be my new act, which I’m performing on Thursday. Certainly this is the most ambitious and it’s the one that I feel is most ‘me’. This also means that it is the act I feel most nervous about.
How do you come up with a new act or routine? What does that creative process look like?
I normally start with the music, although sometimes I start with the costume. I love making really ridiculously novel costumes. I have one act where my skirt becomes a bustle, and another where a flag unfurls from under my skirt. I always end up spending much more time on costume than I do on other parts of my acts. That’s probably not a good thing.
What’s your favourite thing about cabaret?
I don’t even know where to start. I mean, there’s the glitter.
I love that women can present their bodies in any way that feels appropriate to them. As a plus size performer and I love that I have complete power over my body on stage – I feel powerful and inspiring. I have started to realise recently how supportive the industry is. We all help each other and use our skills to support other performers with act development, costuming, emotional support. It’s such a gorgeous family. I feel so proud to work alongside the other amazing women working in Burlesque right now.
What’s your favourite way to relax after a show?
Do you have any hidden talents?
Too many to list here… Seriously, so much talent.
What’s your next challenge in life or in performing?
My new act is a massive challenge for me in literally every part of my performing repertoire. I have made a costume from scratch, put together a complicated audio track, and am pushing myself as a dancer, actor and performer (I don’t really have a background in any of those things). I am excited to see where that takes me.
If you want to see Stormina in action, join us in Thursday night at the Luscious Burlesque Night! Tickets are still available http://www.littleladyluscious.co.uk/shows/