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!
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!
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