Morning all, Stormina has been out and about again, enjoying yet more cabaret – no I don’t have a life outside the cabaret world. This month it was one that I felt should have been featured a long time ago. It’s Apothecary Cabaret at Haunt in stoke Newington.

Produced by Mariposa Bop, Apothecary is described as a journey into the drug-addled dreams of a 19th Century Apothecary as he “samples many a concoction, unction and tincture, in an attempt to cure his many ills.” With differing hosts and performers every month, it’s certain that no two Apothecaries are ever the same. I have to admit that this months show was a particularly good one with an especially ludicrous line up of lovelies. Held together by the delightfully sassy, Virgin Xtravaganzah, this line up provided darkness and light in perfect proportion.

I genuinely love Loretta Von Dini who performs burlesque while performing magic tricks flawlessly. I love it when magicians make mistakes and I can guess how the trick is done, super annoyingly I have never seen Loretta make any mistakes so I have no choice but to conclude that she is a witch.

Adding to the darkness was Rosie Kohl who performed a genuinely mesmerising, ‘unsettling’ belly dance and Fifi Fantome who took us from Louis Armstrong to Florence and the Machine and will haunt my nightmares forever. There was also Mr Grimez who performed spoken word with honesty and charisma that is rarely seen.

Bringing some light to proceedings were the hilariously whimsical Dotti Moscati and Ginger Tarte. As well as being my new best friend, Dotti’s body positive beach act had the entire audience in stitches. For our second seaside themed act, Ginger Tarte fell in love with a shark. I don’t even feel the need to say anymore on that.

Diva Regina brought some much needed dignity to the show, with her breath-taking vocals and political subject matter. Singing about Politics and International Relations in 5 languages. It’s about time someone brought some decorum to the cabaret genre and this lady is highly decorous.

Next month Apothecary will be hosted by the incomparable Driscoll Bleak who will be presenting another amazing line up; it is not to be missed.

 

Stage Management Note

Poppy Liqueur: One of the top 2 bottoms in Burlesque. Tidies up the stage like a pro.

 

Stormina’s Top 3

  1. Diva Regina’s Costume reveal

I don’t want to ruin the reveal but you all know how much I love a costume becoming another costume? I really really do!

  1. Dotti Miscotti wriggling her way out of an inflatable doughnut rubber ring.

So. Goddamn. Funny.

  1. Dance off in tribute to Chalkilicious (pictured)

As Chalkilicious (beloved Luscious fave and compulsive Apothecary game participant) is currently on his annual pilgrimage to The Edinburgh Fringe, the game this month was one of his favourites. Two poor audience members had to wiggle off to a 90’s mega mix wearing chalkilicious masks. It was one of the best things I’ve ever seen. If that makes no sense to you, you are better off for it.

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.

Happy January! Here at Luscious HQ we’ve been chasing away those January Blues by going to some amazing shows and enjoying some top class Cabaret. This month we’re putting The Haus of Royalz show Did You See me Pam? In the spotlight.

If your Instagram is my Instagram, it’s all I’ve been seeing for the past few weeks so I knew I had to get my booty down to the RVT to see what all the fuss was about. If you’ve never heard of the Haus of Royalz, they are a collective of Drag acts who all graduated from (Luscious bestie) Michael Twaits’ Drag course together and started putting on shows together.

Did You See Me Pam? Was the theme of the show in which the cast performed the act they would want to perform to their biggest fan, Pam. It’s really hard to pick out the highlights of this show, because as the delightful host, Holly Dunn-Something pointed out – as a collective every performer brings something different to the table. In a minute I’ll have to pick my top 3 and I just have no idea where to start. This show managed to be political, edgy, fabulous, hilarious and fierce at once, drawing on the skills and passions of the different performers to create something thought provoking and energizing. Sort of everything you’d expect from a show of young queer performers – but somehow more?

Holly the aforementioned Host brought great charm and warmth to hosting. I think I’ve decided on my top 3 moments to put below, but it seems so unfair considering how wonderful the other acts were. So I also want to mention Dolly Trolley who was characteristically brilliant, what more can you say about Dolly? She was the cat that brought the cream although her feather spill gave the Stage Manager within me out in hot and cold sweats. Bae Sharam who brought a multi layered act about Islamophobia into the fold. I found this act incredibly thought provoking – largely about the role of cabaret in political discussion. Agent Chlamydia Jones was just hilariously funny and unfairly glam. Eva Wonder gave a biography of Marylyn Monroe with singing and a very impressive lip sync, and finally Fruit finished off in a performance which I have never seen anything like before. It involved fruit. I can’t describe it. I’m not sure who the dancers who flanked them were called – but I am basically in love with them and would like to know everything about them. This is a formal appeal for information. Please contact me.

Stormina’s Top 3 Moments of Did you see me Pam?

3. The Diva of Divas, Veronica Montenegro explaining her bid to integrate into British Society in order to get her Leave to Remain. Absolute Genius and highlighting something we are probably all thinking about right now; What it means to be British.

2. Everyone who knows me, knows that I am a sucker for a political cabaret; The absolute dream (and Luscious alumnus) Frankly Desire did a gorgeously inspiring burlesque act featuring that epic rant from Network – you know the one where the news caster says “I’m mad as Hell and I’m not going to take it anymore”. I love a good lip sync, I love an act that makes me feel optimistic at the end and I love fairy lights in a costume. Yes, Frankly!

1. My absolute highlight of the night was a reclaiming of The Rape Song (Blurred Lines) by The Pheonix (aka Rhyss Pieces). Rewritten to tell off a creep in a bar off – it was just perfect. Rapiness aside – that song has always been annoyingly catchy and the parodies have never quite been strong enough. This version is strong, it’s straight forward and it takes no nonsense. There was other music from Pheonix as well, with a piece so fresh that it came in with a teleprompter. Amazing and Stunning and I don’t really know what to add.

Before you go, I recommend you think about attending the next Haus of Royalz show on 4th April at the RVT – it’s their first birthday celebration entitled It’s My Party. Tickets are available on OutSavvy.com.

We’re so excited to launch our new blog spot! On the 3rd Friday of each month we will be publishing a review of a show we’ve seen recently that we have really loved. We thought we’d kick off with a review of this months Luscious Cabaret which was a real treat x

This months Cabaret was truly Luscious, with a terrific line up of amazing talent. Hosted by the fabulous, Michael Twaits, who announced one wonderful act after another.

The superb Gracie Disgrace opened the show with her brand new Michael Jackson act. The audience were also fortunate to have an appearance by the queen of Sing and Fling, Bambi Bang Bang. The incomparable Dolly Trolley performed her gorgeous Angela Twerkel act especially for us. Coco Nobel provided some old school glamour and Sisi Emerald brought the magic with her Harry Potter act. We’ll forgive her for being a Slytherin – although she told me after the show that she is actually a real life Hufflepuff. We also had the stunning Paulus who performed a number of his own original songs with live pianist. Gracie Disgrace closed the show with her signature work-out act – it was enough to make me feel like I needed a drink from all the effort she put in. Luckily, after a brief Disney sing along with Michael Twaits we made it to the bar for a glass of red.

Stormina Teacup’s top 3 moments of Luscious Cabaret November.

3. Michael Twaits singing his infamous West End Musical number, starting with Nicki Minaj’s Superbass – I don’t want to ruin the ending for you – but you need to hear this song!

2. Gracie Disgrace’s lap of honour around the audience to Chariots of Fire. Go on, girl!

1. Bambi Bang Bang’s gorgeous facial expressions during her hilarious act. She sings, she strips, she makes faces – is there anything this showgirl can’t do?