Opening up the application link on the luscious website meant opening up to new and very different styles of performance.  Little Lady Luscious loves it when something drops into the inbox that she has never seen before.  Luscious had never seen anything like Shirley the Middle aged siren and before she even realised she had done it the booked button was clicked.  Welcome another misfit to the Luscious mix who’ll have you giggling into you gin this Friday at Luscious Cabaret.  To give you a wee insight meet Shirley and what she loves about the cabaret …

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

Drink tea, eat grapes and swim

How did you choose your stage name?

Shirley came from an ‘S’ name to go with Siren and I was going for a derogatory term that used to be used in Australia for women, but got it wrong – should have been ‘Shelia’ and a cross with the Johnny Cash – a boy named Sue (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Gbtm-93oqE) – shows you a bit of how my head works, not terrible well?!

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

Too many to name, but most recent was when I was hired to be ‘Cat in the Hat’ for a school open day, but I was being driven by someone who is dyslexic and I’m dyslexic and we weren’t given the full address of where we needed to be, so we didn’t notice the difference between Lingfield and Lindfield – who knew there were 2 such closely named places?!

What do you love most about the cabaret community?

You guys are like my broken beautiful self

Are you ready to dive in and book your tickets to London’s most welcoming cabaret right here

We are just a little too excited about Lynn Ruth Miller coming along to Luscious Cabaret.  An email landed in our inbox with the subject title “HELLO! Regina suggested I write to you”  with a recommendation from Diva Regina we knew this would be a special artist so we clicked read.  Lynn’s burlesque bio had us won over from the start:

“LYNN RUTH MILLER started doing burlesque on stage when she was 73 years old. She won the best newcomer and most original performance at the Texas International Burlesque Festival in 2012, headlined at the Bristol Burlesque Festival in 2015 and has been ripping her clothes off at every opportunity ever since. She is a regular at Whip-it-out Productions in Bridgewater and in the London Burlesque productions and will be starring in the Glasgow Burlesque Festival in November 2018. Now 85, she insists she can still shake, rattle and roll with the best of them.”

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This is what we love about burlesque here at Luscious Cabaret.  There truly are no boundaries, you can be a glamourous showgirl in one act and a science fiction character in another.  You can choose classic music to strip to or you can choose heavy metal.  And in Lynn Ruth Miller’s case you can be 85 and shaking that ass with the best of them!

We couldn’t wait to learn a little bit more about her for our blog.  If you’re inspired and want come on down on Friday to meet this wonderful human being the ticket link is at the end of the blog.

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

I paint pictures.  It is my secret calling.

How did you choose your stage name?

My mother chose it.

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

There have been so many; I think my favourite one  so far is when a gorgeous young man in his twenties told me how sexy I am ( I told him to make an appointment immediately with an Ophthalmologist)

What do you love most about the cabaret community?

I love that there is no sense of competition  We all are there to help and encourage one another.

On that note why not come on down on Friday night and show your support of live cabaret.  Encourage our artists with whoops, cheers and maybe a tipple or two …

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Today we meet Paulus … again.  Our gorgeous host has been with us since September and before that they have popped into Luscious Cabaret many times to try out new songs.

We particulary loved the month they came to Luscious as part of Nasty Blouse and played the Farrow & Ball game.  We highly recommend you come visit Luscious Cabaret and share in the love of Paulus (they even have a brooch that says love on their jacket).

Paulus squatting whilst talking into a microphone

So what is it that Paulus does for fun?  How did the Paulus stage name come about? What is it that they love about cabaret?  Only one way to find out and that’s to read on …

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

I am currently in the throes of making candles out of old bits of candle that did not burn to the bottom. I’ve got a bucketful.  Soon the trees in my garden will bloom with plums and pears and I shall start harvesting them for jams and chutneys, and the rose petals from my garden will all need drying and turning into pot pourri come Autumn.  That, and world domination, obvs.

How did you choose your stage name?

I was nicknamed Paulus by a girlfriend (yes, I was shocked too!) at the age of 13.  Fast-forward 30 years and I discover that I shared the name with a French Music Hall performers from the 1800s who was very popular in old London taaaahn. So, it seemed like fate.

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

I did a gig once in the late 90s where all the performers were paid handsomely, treated fairly, nobody heckled and we all were in bed by 10pm, sober.  That was pretty crazy.

What do you love most about the cabaret community?

We’re misfits. We gather together in this clearing we call cabaret having discovered that the other paths and walkways in the forest were too prescriptive as to who could join.  We dance and sing and celebrate our lack of conformity in this clearing in the woods.

Picture of Paulus & date of the next show 7th June

Come and join us in our luscious clearing. The misfits of London and beyond are welcome to join in this fun night of burlesque, drag and music …

As we write the sun is breaking through the cloud so it seems a very apt moment to introduce you to this up and coming ray of light on the burlesque scene.  Celeste Étoile’s application video brought a smile to our face.  The cheeky winks and wistful wiggles got us moving and grooving to her routine.  We knew she would get our wonderful and glittery audience doing the same.  Which is why we booked her for our upcoming show on Friday 7th June at The Albany Great Portland St (you can book your tickets to the most welcoming cabaret in London here.).  

Celeste Was born on the W7 bus on my way home!
Photo Credit © Tigz Rice 2018. http://www.tigzrice.com

Celeste Étoile’s fall to earth with a bump and a grind in 2018 has set the stage for a glittering career in burlesque.  We wanted to get to know a little bit more about the sparkly Celeste, and find out the important things like what she does on her day off.  Read on and learn what she loves about the cabaret community …

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

I love going for walks around London! There’s so much to see of this fascinating city by foot, and recently I’ve been using a “hidden walks” guide, that gives you loads of fun facts about different areas and hidden locations, most of them right in the heart of Zone 1! If the weather is bad I love curling up with a good book.

How did you choose your stage name?

For the longest time, I thought I was going to be called “Hazel Halliday” – I thought she sounded like a glamorous 1940s Hollywood Movie star. As I began to learn who I was as a burlesque artist, that definitely wasn’t who I was! I wanted something playful, as my character seemed to be this fairly innocent ingenue on the surface, but could be cheeky and a little outrageous. That started me thinking about the angel/devil dynamic, and then I just started google translating a lot of heaven based words into French (as I was very inspired by Baz Luhrman’s Moulin Rouge in the beginning). I googled so many different combinations, and then like that, Celeste was born on the W7 bus on my way home!

 

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

I am still a fairly new performer, but I think one of the craziest unbelievable things was being a 2019 finalist in the Legend in the Making competition at Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival. From what I understand, it is an extremely popular competition to apply for and the standard is really high, so to be asked to perform at the festival was a pinch me moment. Lady Wildflower and Heidi Bang Tidy are run an amazingly tight ship, and it was one of warmest and supportive shows I’ve been part of.

What do you love most about the cabaret community?

The warmth and support I feel from other performers when I go to shows. One of my favourite things about going to shows is seeing what other people are creating, there are always such creative and beautiful acts that I could never dream of devising, so it is really amazing to appreciate someone’s craft. It’s also really inspiring too!
If you too would like come and be inspired by the cabaret community join us on Friday 7th June at The Albany Great Portland St.  They’ll be plenty of fun for everyone as we kickstart your weekend!

We are loving the sunshine here at Luscious HQ and we can’t wait to jump into June and have more Luscious fun and games with our wonderful audience.  This Luscious Line up is all set to entertain and delight  Get ready for the giggles at the “loveliest cabaret in town!” on Friday 7th June …

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Proving age is just a number is the awesome Lynn Ruth Miller

Falling from above with a bump and grind is the enchanting Celeste Étoile 

 

This one is giving us a tooth ache she’s so sweet it’s the sensational Miss Sugar Rush

Bringing a bit of controversy to Luscious is the fabulous Dinona Pussay 

First runner up in Aprils Burlesque Idol heat and all set us alight is Felina Onyx

We’ve got a veritable vixen in the form of Victoria Rose.

Strumming on her Uke and getting you all hot and bothered is Olivia Jannesson

Luring us in with her prolific song is Shirley the Middle Aged Siren

Bringing the sass and the sultry together is the epic Scarlett O’Hora

All hosted by the person who likes us all to think they don’t have a heart but they really do its TV’s Paulus!

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The sun is shining as we write and we can’t wait for the next round of fun and fabulousness of the Luscious Burlesque Course. We’ve been catching up with some Luscious graduates to find out what they are doing now and what impact the course had on them. The course has been going for longer than Little Lady Luscious cares to admit to, but she loves the diversity of the students and the acts that they create. So whether you are a seasoned professional dancer, an enthusiastic cabaret lover, a complete beginner with no idea of what burlesque is (!), or a total lay person who would like to develop their confidence through a fun and low pressure dance class – this course is probably for you.
This week we’re catching up with Sissi Emerald who is an actress as her day job and found that the course gave her more confidence in her performance and her day to day life.
 
Why did you decide to do the Luscious Burlesque course?
As an actor I have had massive body confidence issues and after seeing one of my friends performing and just wanted to give a try to gain some confidence 
Also the universe of cabaret and burlesque has always fascinated me and it is a skill that I always wanted to have 
 
Describe the course in 3 words.
Friendly, liberating, Chill
 
What did you learn from doing the course?
I learned that being sexy is not about your body type but more a state of mind. The size doesn’t matter. All women an men have the sexy side in them. You just need to own it
 
What was the best thing about it?
My confidence is so much higher now. I feel better in my skin. You are also surrounded by other people that support you and sometimes they become your friends.
 
Tell us about the first time you performed. How did you feel?
Before going on Stage, I was shaking. Once on it though, I felt in control and it was so empowering. I didn’t want to leave the stage! Being cheered by the audience is also a big plus. No judgement, just fun and pleasure. 
Have you performed since the luscious debut show?
Yes, I performed a second time with Luscious cabaret and also had my first performance at the Edinburgh fringe. I will perform again in October 
 
Who would you recommend the course to?
I would advise every  girls or guys who has confidence issue or has difficulty to look at themselves as sexy, to do this course. 
You will leave this class with a changed and more positive opinion of yourself
Do you use any of the skills you learned in every day life?
I use it a lot in my actor life, for audition, I walk with confidence in the room. 
 

Sisi’s experience inspired us to begin the Advanced Course.  If you’ve taken a course of burlesque you can now continue your burlesque journey, where you can continue to grow and soar.

Check out our Workshops and Classes page to find out more.  The next beginners course starts Wednesday 1st May.  Bring yourself and we’ll provide the feathers and fun!

Bookings and More info click here

 

The May bank holiday is coming up and what better way to celebrate than booking a ticket or two to Luscious Cabaret!  There will be fun in abundance, plenty of friendly faces, fabulous food and booze all under the roof of the marvellous Albany Great Portland Street.  Leave your worries behind and let London’s most welcoming cabaret embrace you in a hug of glitter and giggles.

Carrying you away this month is …

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Agent Chlamydia Jones and their secret mission.

Pupin De Vert with a bit of pride and prejudice 

The Sensational songstress Ember  

Sensual and coy Rose Demure

Taking us on a ride is Juliet Peaches 

Out of this world Phoxy Qurvy 

Electra Valentine with her intricate web

Loris and Lee will be getting us giggling

The boss Little Lady Luscious will be getting up on stage

And if that isn’t enough Paulus will be back and drinking all of the wine!

Get ready to feel the love with us and book your tickets …

 

Stormina

The Luscious Burlesque Classes restart in less than a month. In the next few weeks, we’ll be talking to some previous students about their experience with the course. Today we’ve asked Stormina Teacup to give us her reflections on the Luscious Burlesque Class. Stormina is a former student who now performs (occasionally) and works backstage with the House of Burlesque and Little Lady Luscious. This is what she had to say about her time on the course:

Having never seen a burlesque show before, it may have been quite a rash decision to take a burlesque class. My love of 19th century costume and lingerie brought me to burlesque and I decided that I wanted to wear corsets and bustles and to be able to move in them. Considering that I am quite introverted – this may not have been my most sensible decision in my life, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Little Lady Luscious immediately burst my bubble, by dispelling me of the idea that burlesque was all moulin rouge. I realised how huge the genre of burlesque could be and that I could really explore my own character through burlesque performance. The way that the course is broken down each week with different skills and staples of burlesque makes it seem much less daunting and fun. Learning booty shakes, shimmying and how to walk (in heels) in different personas is a real boost to everyone’s confidence and the group is normally a big mix, meaning that there is a very friendly atmosphere. LLL is also the least scary teacher you can imagine, with limitless patience and the ability to really bring you out of your shell (mostly using giggles and cuteness).

Developing my own stage name and burlesque persona (which has continued to grow since finishing the course) was really exciting and learning different routines and developing choreography was a really fun project. Having a performance at the end of the course makes your first routine into a real labour of love and while I felt incredibly nervous before hand, it felt amazing being on stage in a costume I had put together myself which included, of course, a bustle.

Since finishing the course I have chosen to get more involved with backstage preparation and costuming more than performing. I’ve met and worked with so many amazing performers and am now part of the most empowering, friendly and supportive burlesque family I could imagine. I’ve also got together with some of the other girls I was on the course with to create a troupe – we’ve performed together a few times, and we recently put on a show with the Luscious boy’s troupe: Gentleman’s Relish. Burlesque is such a varied and beautiful art form, with such amazing creativity and flexibility that you can take it as far as you want to. Learning important life skills, like how to bend down and pick something up coyly, or how to do something as simple as removing a glove while inspiring the most lustful thoughts imaginable have made me feel more confident in my day to day life and have hugely improved my sense of self and made me a lot more accepting of my body.

 

But don’t just take Stormina’s word for it. The first class is on 1st May

Book your place here: lusciouscabaret.com/classes

 

It will take a superhero to save us from what is happening in UK politics.  With this in mind we decided we needed some superhero powers to inspire us and get us ready for Luscious Cabaret next week.  Our performers are already heroes on stage but if they had a super power what would it be?  Little Lady Luscious would want the power to transport from one place to the next.  The four flights of stairs up to her flat would be much easier manage, and think of all of those people she could save from oncoming London traffic.  The possibilities are endless.  Enough about Luscious what super power would our Magnificent Ten performers want …

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Bolly Ditz Dolly

I love this question! I ‘d want the power to build, kind of like in the lego movie when everyone starts creating with objects around them and everyone has a good time! I’d love to build the bridges that a toxic world has tried to break down, I want to build glitter shelters, crazy sculptures, espresso machines and a 4×4 box wall around Trump, sealed with maybe a letterbox to post facts . The possibilities are endless!

Dolly Master

Zee Zee Stardust 

My power would be Mimicry (why have one power ,when you can take everyone else’s powers)

Mimicry

Ms Larissa Thorne

I’d like the power to speak with animals because, to be frank, people really get on my tits.

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Carmen Mon Oxide

Superpower? Not bothered about a superpower but I do love a good cape! Actually I’ll have flying please. Always wanted to arrive onto stage by air!

Flying Firebird

Miss Suzy Saucepot

If I had super power it would be to literally save the planet from the human race who are destroying wildlife, nature and other human beings!

Eco warrior

Diva Regina

The power of Mind Control so I could make Theresa May cancel Brexit, any idea how I can develop that?!

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Kiki Mellék

I already have a super power Bibshkis! I defy the law of nature. I’m ageless Darlings – that’s the best super power to have. That and a psychic nipple!

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We seem to be missing a few superpowers.  We’ll be chasing them up and updating the post to complete our Magnificent Ten.  In the meantime you can book your tickets for a ‘Super Powered’ Cabaret in London on Friday 5th April via the button below …

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