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.
The weather is on the turn once again, but we’re keeping things bright and breezy here at Luscious Cabaret. We’ve got one glitzy and glamourous line up on March 1st and we can’t wait! We’ll be keeping you warm and cosy at The Albany Great Portland Street!
Getting us all hot under the collar is Miss Cherry On Fire!
Power Ballads at the ready with Yasmine Day!
Taking a break from the apothecary is Mariposa Bop
Twirling her way on to the Luscious stage is Belle De Beauvoir
Clowning around is the wonderful Christian Brighty
Getting our pulses racing is the delightful Mimi Sugarpill
Causing a stir and and styling it out is the amazing Cerise Rei
And finally the Queen Bee herself Onyx Fatale – Yes we’ve got Miss Burlesque Idol 2018!!
All hosted by TV’s Paulus!!
To book your tickets head on over to Design My Night via the button below!
“It’s been 10 years since I took my first burlesque class. As that thought occurred to me it was like “I need a full Luscious Line Up to celebrate.” I’ve put together a line up of ex – students who are still performing, Trixi Tassels cos she’s awesome and I love teaching with her and of course Admiral John as he’s been there since the beginning. One of my students has requested I perform a certain act. I’ll let the photo be the clue …”
We decided to ask our performers a question from why they took the Luscious burlesque course to why they love burlesque and performing at Luscious Cabaret …
Recent graduate and just all round fabulous lady Allegra Whispers has been keeping Little Lady Luscious up to date with what’s happening with kids, so we had to ask her …
Q: What did you enjoy most about taking the Luscious Burlesque course?
A: “I’ve found something that I truly love doing, I’ve gained an immense self confidence, everyone is incredibly supportive and lovely.”
When Stormina Teacup walked into the Luscious Classroom we knew we had one special lady joining the luscious family. It would be rude not to ask her to take part in the ultimate Luscious Line Up.
Q: Not only did you do the course twice but you’ve kept coming back to perform, stage manage and even done a bit of Luscious social media. What do you enjoy most about “All Things Luscious”
A: “Being part of the Luscious family is huge! This motley
bunch have taught me everything I know, have supported me creatively, emotionally and after a night out, physically.”
When this lady struts you know she is doing it on purpose. So when LLL wanted to create a duet which incorporated sexiness and LLL’s silliness Donna was the person to ask. Which is why we asked her …
Q: What have you enjoyed the most about working with Little Lady Luscious?
Another partner in crime, this time teaching crime. Trixi and Luscious teamed up last year and have taken the Luscious Burlesque Course to the next level. So we had to ask …
Q: Why do you love burlesque?
A: “I’ve always been a creative person since I was a child when I enjoyed being on stage with my acting or dancing performances. My mother inspired in me my love of sewing and costuming and I used to have a small business making bespoke corsets in Australia. So I guess what I love the most about burlesque is that it wraps up all of my creative passions in one outlet and allows such a broad range of expression from the purely cheesecake through to raunchy sex-siren, from comedy and satire to deeply political. And the most excellent women and men that we meet through this art-form is definitely key too.”
After seeing a show this fellow had already joined the Luscious family before taking the Luscious Burlesque Course. So we had to ask …
Q: Why did you decide to take the Luscious Burlesque Course?
A: “I had a relentlessly sexy vixen trapped inside me, just bursting to get out. After going to a Luscious Cabaret, I knew Emily had the skill and insight to see my inner sultry minx and coax him out with bumps, grinds, and glove peels.”
If you’ve ever been to the Luscious Burlesque Night you would of sung along with Admiral John, he can get even the most unresponsive Londoner singing along to a sea shanty. Trust us, we once witnessed him getting a tube full of Londoners singing! So why does he love the Luscious Stage so much?
A: “Everyone joining in and singing sea shanties they have never heard before! It’s all about audience participation!”
One of our very first Luscious gents. Himself and Harvey H Hendricks were the first boylesque class Little Lady Luscious ever taught. We think a few drinks and Little Lady Luscious’ signature “I’m going to hold you to that” may have something to do with Vince taking the Luscious Burlesque Course all those years ago …
Q: Why did you decide to do the Luscious Burlesque Course?
A: “I decided to do the course because I’d had quite a few gin and tonics, and it seemed like a good idea at the time. Unusually, it turned out to still be a good idea once I was sober.”
Now this lady after doing the luscious burlesque course has gone on to entertain across London and beyond with her classic and comedic burlesque style. We love having her back so we had to ask …
Q: You’ve performed at Luscious Cabaret a few times now from beginner to a seasoned pro what do you love about the Luscious Cabaret atmosphere?
A: “Luscious Cabaret is family to me; it’s where I started out as a burlesque artist. There is always a fun and supportive atmosphere for the performers which I think is so important – we’re here to have fun, right?! Performer or audience member, you’re always guaranteed a great night.”
If you’ve got a taste for “All Things Luscious” and you want to become part of the Luscious family. Come along on Friday 1st February to join in all of the Luscious fun from fancy dress to burlesque we’ve got it all! Book your tickets via the button below …
As Little Lady Luscious is in New Zealand it occurred to us that it’s been 10 years since she did her first course in burlesque. To celebrate we’ve decided to put together an all luscious line up for our February show. Featuring past luscious students and a couple of team luscious favs! Scroll down to find out more …
He’s been singing his sea shanties at the Luscious Burlesque Night since it all began it’s our Luscious Favourite Admiral John!
Storming her way through the burlesque scene as one of it’s best stage managers. We’re giving her a bit of tea break this time it’s Stormina Teacup!
One of our very first Luscious Gentlemen it’s the very debonair Vince Moon!
You’ll of met her on the door on many occaisons but on the 1st of Feb we welcome to the Luscious Cabaret stage for the first time Allegra Whispers.
Geeking out to all things fabulous it’s Chalkilicious!
As part of the Delicious Dames the smokin’ Donna Divine returns with Little Lady Luscious
Luscious favourite and co consipritor on the Luscious Burlesque Course it’s Trixi Tassels!
And finally the compere keeping us all in our place it’s the fantabulous Paulus!
Grab your tickets via Design My Night for one Luscious Night Out!
This month Stormina had a sensational time at Vicious Von Vixen’s Vaudeville a weekly show on Tuesday evenings at Central Station in King’s Cross. We strongly recommend you get your Luscious bottoms down there as soon as you can to take in this wonderful spectacle of a show.
There are a few things that make this show feel unique: the mixture of adventurous cabaret newbies and dedicated regulars in the audience make for a very chilled and enjoyable atmosphere; the casts’ walkabout before the show makes you feel welcome and invites you into the Vaudeville family; and the host, Vicious himself, draws you in with a deep-seated confidence and profound sexuality.
The interesting mix of acts made the show feel very well rounded. The sunny mixture of Cherry on Fire’s caravanserai act, a Sun God act by Trash Valentine to Boney M’s Sunny and a Devil of an act from Red Venom seemed highly appropriate on the first nice day of the year. Cherry also performed a classic Jazz number with a series of gratingly slow shimmy’s which perfectly demonstrated the art of tease. Magician duck Juan and his glamorous assistant, Neil Kelso sprinkled some magic over the evening with a series of increasingly impressive card tricks. Additionally, Dickie Dalliance’s Morris Man act and Good Ness Gracious’ infamous Facebook act rounded off a sensational show.
Notes on Stage Management
This week, the resident stage manager, was not a kitten but a very well trained puppy. Not only is Roman Ackley really good at his job, he also is such an integral part of the show with Vicious referring to him at multiple times during the evening.
Stormina’s Top 3 Moments of the Night
3. Being insulted by one of the performers before the show has started. I don’t feel that you are anyone until Trash Valentine has referred to you as stocky to your face.
2. Good Ness Gracious – I can’t pick a singular moment of this performance. I thought for ages of something and for once, Stormina is lost for words. I don’t think there are enough superlatives in the world to describe her or her masterful mixture of talent and charisma.
3. Dickie Dalliance’s bum wiggle in latex pants – Potentially the best bum in burlesque (don’t tell Gracie Disgrace I said that).
Vicious Von Vixen’s Vaudeville is on every week at Central Station in King’s Cross and is free entry.
JA: I have very strict rules around song selection: 1) it must be a song I like. 2) I must be able to sing 80-90% of the notes and 3) there must be a reasonable quality backing track available for free online. It’s a rigorous process. Then, once we’ve created a short list, we sit around and drink Tia Maria until we pass out and then the song that we wake up singing is the song we choose. It’s very similar to how they choose the Pope.
PLM: I would say that the phrase ‘routine’ would be a little misleading to potential audience members. We wouldn’t want to get your Little Lady Luscious in trouble with Trading Standards.
JA: Carol Decker from the band T’Pau. Mostly so I could ask her wtf China In Your Hands was all about.
PLM: Simon Cowell. For no money. Only to be told I’m ‘too cabaret’. We can but dream.
JA: I’m essentially immune to embarrassment. Once you’ve done full make-up in a public toilet in Salford then you realise it’s not a useful emotion in a cabaret performer.
PLM: I think it was the time Victor Spinetti was playing ‘Fagin’ to my ‘Un-named Orphan who got in his light’. I was very large for an unwanted orphan on gruel. He touched me on the head. They’d be calling Yewtree if that happened today…
JA: I try very hard to keep all my talents very public and well-known. That’s why my Grindr profile is written in ALL CAPS.
PLM: Artistic poverty has made me a slave to the Omlette pan, so I’m a dab hand at a cheese n mushroom now. And I’m learning the Ocarina.
JA: Making other equally destructive life choices, I suppose. I once sang for Gazza in a piano bar in Kensington. I like to think if we’d both made very different life choices, we could have made it work. They could play Fog On The Tyne as we walked down the aisle.
PLM: I wanted to be a window dresser but Mother said there was only room for one cliché in my short life.
JA: Like a first date, it’s best to keep expectations low, have had a couple of drinks before it starts and be open to getting felt up in a dark corner before the night is over. We may also sing songs.
PLM: Two middle-aged men that have no business in leggings.
JA: I’m watching this amazing new US political series in which a reality TV show host becomes president. It’s a hilarious satire.
PLM: Riverdale on Netflix. I’m pretending I’m fifteen again; it’s very liberating. My bacne has just come in.
We’re still hoovering up all the glitter and feathers from last Friday, but we simply had to take a break to share our amazing line up for the next Luscious Cabaret! We will be back at The Albany on November 4th for a very sparkly Round Two, but until then feast your eyes on our dazzling array of Luscious performers!
Delightfully deranged Lolo Brow will be showcasing her sideshow talents…
Credits: Rich Newnham Photography
Velvet-voiced vixen Vesper Fontaine is ready to delight us all with her exquisite fan dancing…
Credits: Plainview Media
Delectable neo-vaudevillian duo Gimcrack Productions will be taking us back in time…
Credits: Andrew Tottenham
Making their highly anticipated debut will be Gentlemen’s Relish, the newest all male troupe to hit the cabaret scene…
Credits: Plainview Media
Comedy burlesque star Miss Luci Furr is ready to make devout believers of us all…
Credits: Emma Ronay Bower
And lethal lady Carmen Mon Oxide will be wrapping up the show with her signature operatic bang!
Of course, the line up wouldn’t be complete without our inimitable compere Michael Twaits, who will once again be supplying the glitter and glam to what promises to be a fabulously Luscious night!
Credits: Eliana Pelaggi
Tickets for the November show are now live on the Luscious website! Book yours here.