It’s time to meet Debbi Delaware. A rock and gospel singer of a certain age who has found (stumbled?) her way into the Cabaret circuit through a love of singing (belting out) heart-wrenching ballads and venues that serve booze. A born survivor of the slings and arrows life has thrown at her, she is here to tell her story. Occasionally using the stage name ‘The Lady Miss D’ (if it’s a classy venue) and also part of rock duo LaBelle et Le Beast.  It was part of rock duo LaBelle et Le Beast that Little Lady Luscious encountered Debbi, but who is she really?  Who inspires her and what does she have in store for us at Luscious Cabaret …

Debbie Delaware, Luscious Cabaret Friday 5th July

 

How long have you been performing and what inspired you to get started? 

All my life I believed I could not sing – and had been told so many times I gave up trying – then two years ago I went into the Amazon Jungle to do an apprenticeship with an Ayahuasca Shaman and part of the work was to learn healing songs, or icaros, that are performed in the ceremonies to help people ‘purge’ and assist the healing/cleansing process. I was given a cd with recorded Icaros on and a lyrics sheet (which was pretty useless as it was in the native tribal language Shipibo – and what was written bore no resemblance to the sounds) and was left alone in the jungle to get on with it. By repeated listening and copying the sounds I found that I started to get the hang of it, then got quite good at it – according to others – but the real test was when I had to sing then in ceremony – and I had hardly got through the first verse and everyone was projectile vomiting (a good thing!). I knew I wasn’t able to hit some notes or get the breathing right so when I came bac I was determined to learn them properly so I was recommend a singing teach – short story – she informed be I could actually sing – and was quite good never having had a lesson – and she suggested I join the Gospel Choir she MD’d. Singing in the gospel choir introduced me to a wealth of very emotional songs and I would often find myself moved to tears – which was an inspiration in itself – so I wanted to share some of this with others – so I began trying for solos. It the solos I found I was very nervous so looked for something to do that might help with my nerves and stage presence and I came across Michael Twaits The Art of Drag course – which sounded fun so I did that and made my Drag debut at the student showcase at the end – that led to the heats of Prides Got Talent and then on to the semi-final. I love singing and love sharing song with people that I find moving (and often they do too).

 

What do you love most about performing?

Connecting with people, when the stories in the songs resonate.

Who inspires you as a performer?

I love women who don’t give a shit – so Cher, Debbie Harry, Polystyrene, Siouxsie and Wendy O’Williams.

What has been your most memorable moment on stage? 

When I sang at The Power of Love World AIDS Day Gala in memory of Tony, the love I lost to AIDS.

We can’t wait to welcome you to the Luscious Cabaret stage without giving too much away can you tell us a little bit about your act?

Expect some big numbers on dark themes.

 

Join us on Friday 5th July for some to class singing, drag, burlesque and Friday Fun Times …

The countdown is on to Joyous July with Luscious Cabaret and it is time to get to know our performers a little better.  Lady Perez caught our eye while Little Lady Luscious was working with the Folly Mixtures last year.  Then lo and behold her alter ego works at The Academy Mews Studios where the Luscious Burlesque Course is run.  Well we thought with all of that in common we need to see Lady Perez on the the Luscious Cabaret stage and find out a bit more about the whaacking queen of burlesque …
Lady Perez posing with Luscious Cabaret logo Friday 5th July
How long have you been performing and what inspired you to get started?
I’ve been performing professionally for the past 6 years. The first time I stepped on stage when I was younger was the first moment I felt I could truly “be seen” – I’ve been performing ever since!
What do you love most about performing?
It gives me a voice and allows me to tell my story.
Who inspires you as a performer?
Rosie Perez hands down! I’ve watched her footage from Soul Train at least a million times!
What has been your most memorable moment on stage?
Winning a battle at Supernova in Taiwan last year. They gave me a champagne bath tub as a prop – needless to say I had fun!
We can’t wait to welcome you to the Luscious Cabaret stage without giving too much away can you tell us a little bit about your act?
This one is a little more classic than my usual but expect just as much musicality, character & charm!
If you’re as excited about Lady Perez coming to Luscious Cabaret as we are you can book your tickets for the most welcoming Cabaret in London!

Luscious Cabaret this month is going to be a celebration.  In just three weeks we will be returning to The Albany Great Portland Street for our usual blend of Luscious Cabaret and as an added bonus we’ll be showcasing not one but three Luscious Burlesque Students!  They’ve been beavering away for the past 7 weeks learning new skills and preparing their first acts just for you.

We’ll be introducing them to you over the coming weeks.  In the meantime lets meet the rest of our Luscious line up!

Bringing an extra bit of sparkle to your evening will be the very glittery Trixee Sparkle.

Trixee Sparkle Posing in a glittery dress

London’s most colourful drag star it’s LaBelle DuJour

LaBelle DuJour posing infront of a gold glittery background

The Waacking queen of burlesque Lady Perez will be showing off her showgirl side

Lady Perez posing

The cosmic Moon Dragon will take you on a very personal journey.

Moon Dragon posing with the Moon

The queen of the aubergine Aubrey Jean will be educating us in the ways of veganism

Aubrey Jean posing with a aubergine

Introducing us to a US idol it’s the awesome Lady Blue Phoenix

lady blue phoenix posing with a large yellow organza boa

All the way from France we have the excellent Maximiliano, the Mindfarer

maximiliano posing with a card

Paulus, has gone missing the month, I’m sure we’ll find them somewhere.  While we discover where they got to we have the awesome Carmen Mon Oxide hosting London’s most Welcoming Cabaret!

Carmen Mon Oxide with snakes in her hair

So what are you waiting for?  Book your tickets and join in the Cabaret fun on Friday 5th July!

 

In March 2018 whilst Little Lady Luscious was working on Burlesque Idol an email popped into the idol applications inbox about four days before a heat.  It was the week of the beast from the east.  The application was from Lolly Jones a new burlesque performer with a Theresa May themed act.

“I feel that we’ve amalgamated into one being now.  What will I do when she’s out of office?!”

It began “I know the March heat is on Friday but if you have a spare slot I would love to do it.”  Initial thought was not bloody likely.  Then the beast from the east took hold and the South of England went into meltdown.  Then emails from performers began flooding in “My train has been cancelled”  “I’m snowed in”.  LLL being a northerner was in disbelief.  Those on the reserve list for that month now had plans or were also snowed in.  The day before the show LLL found herself emailing Lolly Jones, “This week is you’re lucky week, can you still do the show?”  Lolly leapt at the chance and went on to win the heat!  Theresa May doing burlesque was a hit!

theresa May in stockings and suspenders

Now that Theresa May (the beast from Eastbourne) is leaving office we put it to the Luscious fans and with a 91% landslide, Lolly Jones/Theresa May will be making her leaving speech at Luscious Cabaret on Friday.  To get you all warmed up and ready for this landmark of a speech read on to find out how Theresa May and Lolly Jones became one …

When you have a day off, what do you do for fun?

Currently, I’m learning how to ride a hoverboard for my next act – Angela Merkel.  She’s so boring that I’m keeping her on the move.   Other than that, I really like going on long country walks and drinking Prosecco with a view.  It’s a welcome change to writing an Edinburgh show.  If I’m in reach of wifi, I’ll just be reading up on Brexit.

How did you choose your stage name?

My stage name chose me!  My real name is Lorna and around fifteen years ago, someone misheard me.  They thought I said Lolly and it stuck.  But mostly I’m just introduced as Theresa May.  I feel that we’ve amalgamated into one being now.  What will I do when she’s out of office?!

What’s the craziest moment you’ve experienced as a performer?

I once did a show in Switzerland where all the electrics blew.  We didn’t have a techy so we just carried on in the dark.  The show was a three person Jekyll and Hyde. They didn’t miss out on much.

What do you love most about the cabaret community?

I’d previously been a stand up for about 6 years so when I crossed over onto the cabaret scene, I couldn’t believe the difference.  Rather than competition and self-deprecation, I’ve been immersed in a fun, supportive, exhilarating world.  I love seeing the props emerge from suitcases and learning how people came up with their bat shit crazy acts!  I love the camaraderie and the unpredictability.  It’s bloody wonderful!

Are you excited to see this love affair come to a close?  Book your seats to London’s most welcoming cabaret!

 

This marvellous performer was spotted by Little Lady Luscious at a heat of Burlesque Idol in 2018.  Her bumps, grinds & drop splits attracted our attention so when Victoria Rose’s application dropped into our inbox we just had to say yes and share her with our Luscious audience.

Victoria Rose posing in a red outfit. Friday 7th June Luscious Cabaret

Come and see this rising star on Friday and read on to find out a little more about her …

When you have a day off, what do you do for fun?
​I enjoy seeing my friends for dinner or drinks and spending time at home doing nothing! Its needed sometimes.

How did you choose your stage name?
​Victoria is my middle name and I thought I’d shove rose on the end to make it more burlesque fitting.

What’s the craziest moment you’ve experienced as a performer?
​Dropping into the splits in my second show when I couldn’t do the splits.

What do you love most about the cabaret community?

​How open and welcoming it can be.

Come along and welcome this wonderful up and coming performer to the Luscious Cabaret stage.  If you haven’t been before come and join in the Luscious fun!

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Little Lady Luscious met this performer many years ago, at The White Lion in Streatham.  They discussed dance and burlesque and how Scarlett O’Hora wanted to join the family fierce.  After becoming a member of that family she went to perform across London and Europe and three years ago formed the sensational show LADS with fellow family fierce members Lily Snatchdragon & Lolo Brow!  You can can possibly grab a few secret tickets via their FB page to their birthday show on June 19th!

Picture, scarlett o'hora posing in a white sparkly outfit with Friday 7th June and Luscious Cabaret logo

We know you’re here to find out more about this amazing Qween!  Read on then book your tickets for Luscious Cabaret this Friday!

When you have a day off, what do you do for fun? 
I like to go for a hike or a walk, eat well with family or friends, read my book. Love having days off when the weathers good and I can be outside!

How did you choose your stage name? 
So I used to work in a pub when I was first starting out and one of the locals and I were talking about the character and he brought up gone with the wind, and we joked about the emphasis being on the ‘whore’ and it just worked and i loved it.

What’s the craziest moment you’ve experienced as a performer?
There’s been a few. One of my faves was backing dancing for Peaches, with my wonderful family fierce at yo! sissy in berlin!

What do you love most about the cabaret community?  
I love how diverse it is and that everyone totally owns what they are doing!

Come along and enjoy the diverse and wonderful world of cabaret at The Albany Great Portland Street this Friday.  

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Back in 2016 Little Lady Luscious had the pleasure (or was it displeasure) to work with this next act at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern during the panto season.  A prince charming in Pantoland a daring drag artist on the cabaret scene.  In their own words …

Dinona Pussay; Your hostess with the mostess amounts of complaints regarding her foul mouthed service in the restaurant business. She’s a big believer in ‘Shy bairn’s get nowt’, but if you ask her for anything she’ll probably tell you to ‘p**s off and stop being a greedy f**ker’…..just like her Mam used to say.

Dinona Pussay talking into a microphone labelled Friday 7th June

Read on for more words of wisdom and discover a whole new way to see Dick & Dom.  Or you could just skip to the end and book your tickets for Luscious Cabaret this Friday!

1.When You have a day off, What do you do for fun?

Apart from flicking my bean on toast off………I like to visit galleries and museums and play a game of ‘BOGIES’ (anyone remember Dick & Dom……not the profile of the gay fetish couple from next door, but the two blokes on CBBC).

How did you choose your name?

Well, being a waitress (thankfully a former career), I wanted to have something that was different and tongue in cheek. I was humming ‘someone’s in the kitchen with Dina’, whilst thinking of the yoghurt company Danone…..(MMMM DANONE)…..so Dinona is a blend of the two and is pronounced DINE-ON-AH. My surname because, well, this hostess is always serving you Pussay…..!!!!

What’s the craziest moment you’ve experienced as a performer?

When I was on tour with a show in Bristol at The Hippodrome, we had to run into the audience and pull up some audience members onto the stage to join in with us for the opening of act 2. This man really tried to resist and I managed to drag him up and we danced on the stage…..as all my cast members did with their respective audience member. After we would polka we would get the ‘audience’ on stage to hold hands and skip in a circle. Well it all made sense why the man I dragged up on stage didn’t want to come up as he didn’t have an arm. He had a long sleeve shirt on (no prosthetic) with a glove that was stuffed and stapled to his hand. When I realised this, I looked confused and looked at it, then at this woman’s hand, back again and back to hers……then I just shoved his ‘hand’ in hers and got them to carry on skipping. The whole crew were in hysterics, but that may have been the fact another member of the cast had pulled up someone with a wooden leg. You seriously could not make this up……”couldn’t write a book, as my Mam says!!!

What do you love most about the cabaret community?

Where else can you find such an eclectic mix of wonderful acts and fantastic people……laugh one minute, then question a really serious point. It’s theatre but in micro doses with more artistic license……and you can always get a decent Gin and Tonic…..Bottoms up, dears…..(no, that’s not my Grindr profile name either).

Join Dinona Pussay and ths absolutely fabulous line up on Friday from 8pm at The Albany Great Portland St.  Book your tickets here to the most welcoming cabaret in London.

collage of scarlett o'hora, Paulus, Olivia Jannesson, Dinona Pussay, Lolly Jones, Shirley the Middle Aged Siren, Lynn Ruth Miller, Celeste Etoile, Miss Sugar Rush, Victoria Rose & Felina Onyx
Doors 7:30pm Show 8pm

On a jaunt out to see Clocktopus Cabaret with Mr Delicious back in December, Little Lady Luscious spotted the up and coming Olivia Jannesson.  We love an act with a ukulele, I mean who doesn’t, right?  We are looking forward to Olivia sharing  what she has been working on.  It’s sure to bring a smile to your face.  If you’re ready to join in the luscious fun this Friday go ahead and get booking via the link below.

Olivia playing the Ukulele with Luscious Cabaret logo and Friday 7th June at The Albany Great Portland st

Want learn a bit more about the fabulous Olivia then read on for what she does for fun, how she chose her stage name, her love for cabaret and what’s the craziest moment she’s experienced on stage …

When you have a day off, what do you do for fun?

I enjoy the green grass, and the fresh air by the water, doing some yoga and listening to music, spending time with the people I love. Sometimes also just enjoying my own company and exploring, I love a good adventure!

How did you choose your stage name?
Well I guess it’s just my name. I’ve learned to own it.

What’s the craziest moment you’ve experienced as a performer?
That’s a tough one – most of my experiences have been really good and I’ve just loved the thrill!

What do you love most about the cabaret community?
The acceptance and the love that everyone gives, it’s so beautiful and welcoming!

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Felina Onyx joined us on the Luscious stage back in October 2018.  We enjoyed her act so much that we had to ask her to come back.  Since then she has gone on to win first runner up at Burlesque Idol in April, winning herself a slot in the final in November 2018!  Lover of cats this feline friendly performer is one proud feminist, she’ll be taking you on a journey through feminist history which will have you on your feet whooping and cheering.  Come along on Friday 7th June and join in the Luscious Cabaret fun with Felina and london’s cabaret misfits at The Albany Great Portland St.

Felina close up smiling with Luscious Cabaret logo Friday 7th June

But first lets find out a little more about the awesome Felina Onyx …

When you have a day off, what do you do for fun?

I like to meet up with friends, nothing fancy, a nice pub or someone’s house for dinner. If I have been organised I would have booked some studio tome to practice aerial silks.

How did you choose your stage name?

Took 2 weeks! I chose “Felina” which is feline in Spanish because it had to be something cat related and I’m Spanish. Onyx because black is one of my favourite colours, my cat is black and onyx is the stone we use to decorate with embroidery the folklore costume from my region in Spain.

What’s the craziest moment you’ve experienced as a performer?

One of my feather fans breaking while I was being called on stage

What do you love most about the cabaret community?

The warmth, support and non judgmental nature of everyone in this business

Ready to book your tickets?  Click here to join in the fun at London’s most welcoming Cabaret!