On September 15th 2017 Frankly Desire recommended the Luscious Burlesque Course to “Everyone” below is the original blog sharing all of the fun …
The Luscious Burlesque course has been going for longer than Little Lady Luscious cares to admit to, but she is always pleasantly surprised by 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. Today we meet incomparable Frankly Desire!
Why did you decide to do the Luscious Burlesque course?
Burlesque is something that always was in the back of my mind and I never had the dare to do, that is why when my friend Momo said she was joining the course I quickly jumped in!
Describe the course in 3 words.
Fun, fun, fun… for real!
What did you learn from doing the course?
There is more in burlesque than taking clothes off and to enjoy and love my body as it is.
Well… lets say I am more cheeky now than before…
What was the best thing about it?
Apart from the amazing Emily that helped us every step of the way, the people I met during the course is the best thing, being all of us from different backgrounds is an amazing experience to learn and discover burlesque through someonelse’s eyes.
Tell us about the first time you performed. How did you feel?
I felt like a turkey the day before thanksgiving! But thanks to everyone there, the feeling ended up being like an astronaut watching down to earth. Unbelievable amazing!!!!!!
Have you performed since the luscious debut show?
I have performed with some friends in a show but it was not really burlesque, although I was taking my clothes off. Being on the course helped me a lot for that performance as I was feeling more confident with myself and I think that translated on my performance.
Who would you recommend the course to?
Do you use any of the skills you learned in every day life?
After performing her drag stand-up at Luscious Cabaret back in April, Ms Larissa Thorne decided to give burlesque a spin. She went ahead and signed up for the Luscious Burlesque Course and is soo excited to present Raven Divine to cabaret world. This sexy and sultry minx will be getting you all hot under the collar on Friday night.
It’s been a joy to teach Raven Divine. The whole class had shoe envy through out the course. Seriously when she comes on stage on Friday check out the gorgeous boots that will be on display! Not only has she been a divine student she is a divine person too. Read on to find out more …
Have you ever been on stage before?
I’ve performed in drag on the Luscious Cabaret stage, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Comedy Pub and Two Brewers. However, I was fully dressed at the end of those performances. Overdressed even.
Oh, and I was in panto as a teenager. Peter Pan. I was a Lost Boy called Slightly Soiled. It could have been a prediction…
Are you excited about getting on to the Luscious Cabaret Stage?
Somewhere between excited and terrified!
How different is your day job from burlesque?
By day I’m a security manager. By night, drag queen and now burlesque artiste. Poles apart! I have been practicing my shimmies at work though.
What did you enjoy most about the Luscious Burlesque Course?
Little Lady Luscious and Trixi Tassels are so warm and supportive! I feel my creativity has been nurtured. And the other students have been great!
Come along to London’s most welcoming cabaret this Friday and show the lovely Raven Divine some Luscious love with whoops, cheers and plenty foot stamping.
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 …
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 …
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 …
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!
Zee Zee Stardust
My power would be Mimicry (why have one power ,when you can take everyone else’s powers)
Ms Larissa Thorne
I’d like the power to speak with animals because, to be frank, people really get on my tits.
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!
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!
The power of Mind Control so I could make Theresa May cancel Brexit, any idea how I can develop that?!
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!
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 …
The fate of Brexit maybe in the balance but here at Luscious HQ we are more concerned about leaving the worries of the world behind and having a fun and fabulous night out on the first Friday of the month. We’ve gone overboard with the fabulous, added a soupçon of comedy and with Paulus away we’ve got the outrageous Carmen Mon Oxide at the helm. Friday nights are all about the fun so come and join the Friday fun times at Luscious Cabaret on 5th April. Entertaining you we have …
Ruffling a few feathers it’s the vivacious and flirtatious Trash Valentine!
Back by popular demand and to show off her new skills its the inimitable Kiki Mellék
Yes we have packed the line up this month! Tickets are already 50% sold. If you’re ready to dive in and have an awesome, fun filled, ridiculous and fabulous night out book your tickets via the button below …
This month I was at a Luscious favourite’s show in the West End; Michael Twaits fabulous West End Roulette. Billed as A Spontaneous Cabaret, Michael basically creates a show from audience requests and suggestions combining pop music and show tunes into something unique and incredibly special.
Those of us who are Luscious regulars will know Michael as the phenomenal host of Luscious Cabaret. It was a surprise to me to see him not wearing a dress. Michael is famously A Man in a Dress and to begin with I was worried that the illusion was ruined forever but then for his opening number he performed Kate Bush and I knew it was our Michael.
The first half somehow became a ridiculously eclectic mix of numbers combining Cabaret, Rocky Horror, Smash, a Britney Medley, The Cure, Meatloaf and of course the afore mentioned Wuthering Heights. If I’m honest I felt that I would have liked more of the Kate Bush dancing…. Step it up Michael…
During the interval Michael put on a frock and then show really began to take shape as a roulette. The first half included liberal direction from the audience, but the second half really came into its own with use of a Roulette Wheel to direct music choices and use of a requests book which Sarah (the incredible Pianist) was somehow able to create mashups at a moments notice. Going from Lady Gaga into Dolly Parton to Nicki Minaj (I have no idea who requested that last one – someone with great taste in contemporary hip hop).
This show was engaging with an atmosphere that was genuinely warm and inclusive in the sense that it was totally irresistible to get involved in. The venue itself at the Pheonix Artists Club is relaxed and comfortable. I highly recommend this show. It’s an absolutely delightful end to a day and it’s free.
The liberal audience Participation. From joining getting to join in on the intro of Holding Out for a Hero to getting an audience member to put his heels on for him after the interval, Michael includes the audience in this show in a big way.
The Britney Medley – I just love a Britney Medley.
The guess the song game, in which Michael and Sarah perform the beginning of a well known songs for two contestants to guess without singing the title. Trying to sing Papa don’t Preach without including the words Papa, Don’t or Preach is one of the funniest things I have ever seen.
You can catch West End Roulette at the Pheonix Artists Club every Wednesday from 9pm.