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?

It’s that time again, folks, after a summer hiatus we are so excited that Luscious Cabaret is back with a Bang – or should we say a Bang Bang?! Today we’re chatting up with one of our favourite performers (and people), and we’re so excited to see her perform at Luscious again. It’s the queen of Sing and Fling – Bambi Bang Bang!!

Why did you start performing?

Performing was always like a drug to me, the nerves, the adrenaline. Burlesque is no different, that feeling of empowerment and owning the stage is addictive! That’s why I do what I do.
Do you remember your first time on stage?
Like my first, FIRST time? Oh yeah! I have a ridiculously vivid memory of being a tiny little ballerina girl, you know the one that doesn’t know the routine but all the parents still think is adorable?
Which is your favourite act to perform?
I love my “Bad Touch” routine and I’m so happy to be performing it at the Luscious cabaret. It’s such a fun act to do, I get to be silly and sexy on stage whilst also enforcing a little bit of a sing-along!
What sets you apart from other performers?
I’m in a lovely minority on Sing-and-fling performers who sprinkle some comedic sass on their routines. 
What do you think is people’s first impression of you?
“Wow, you’re tall.” That’s gotta be the obvious one! 
What’s your favourite thing about cabaret?
What’s not to love? It’s a much more inclusive community to any I have been involved with up to now. So much support and sisterhood!
How did you choose your stage name?
Isn’t it obvious? My long gazelle legs? My big doe eyes? My… yeah, that’s a lie. You remember that scene with Bambi on the ice trying to walk? That’s the epitome of how graceful I am. 
What’s your next challenge in performing?
I’m currently working on my next act, one that I’ve been passionate about creating for quite some time. I’ll be telling the true story of Medusa, which, despite it being a horrifically tragic tale, will hopefully be quite empowering for audiences. This is going to be really hard for me, as I’m known on stage for being a bit of a goofball and this act requires me to be a little more serious. Fingers Crossed!
You can catch Bambi at Luscious Cabaret on Friday at The Albany in Great Portland Street. You can find out who the rest of the lineup at is and book your place here.
We’ll see you there.

Little Lady Luscious has packed up her boas and feather fans for the summer, leaving luscious lovers of cabaret bereft until the Autumn, but luckily, there are other shows to keep us entertained during the long hot summer. Two luscious troupes have got together to end your summer blues with a fantastic night of cabaret performances.  We caught up with them after a rehearsal to find out what’s in store…

Can you tell us a little bit about the show?

 

This show is quite possibly the most exciting collaboration to hit London since Jeremy Corbyn met Diane Abbott. Two great troupes, affectionately know as ‘the boys’ and ‘the girls’, team up to perform duos, quartets and octets of acts that are infinitely greater than the sum of their already magnificent parts. Our wide range of talents have been brought to bear in burlesque, music, comedy, dodgy brass instruments, moderate violence and general dicking about.

 

How did the idea for the show come about?

 

Two great acts, both born from the womb of Luscious Cabaret, got together in 2016: the beautiful boys of Gentleman’s Relish and the gorgeous girls of the Fourplay Follies. Then, one drunken night, they were challenged by Little Lady Luscious to do something as a glorious eightsome. Ideas flew around like crazy, excitement grew, and the show became inevitable. The deserving public just couldn’t be deprived of this legendary event.

 

Describe the creative process?

 

Sheer hard graft. The groups spent hours writing, crying, rewriting, taking stress-related sick leave, and rewriting again. Some dusted old skills and some learnt new ones. Some decided to start an act with a text message a week and a half before the show.

 

Is it difficult to get eight people to agree with each other?

 

Absolutely not. The hive mind was in full flow, with an almost psychic link between the cast. Scars that may be visible during the show are categorically not the result of glass and medium sized furniture thrown in anger. Honest.

 

What roles do people play in the show?

 

Stormina Teacup – the logistical one

Bootsy Bonafonte – the talented one

Busty Malone – the booby one

Sandy Fishnets – the risk taking one

Vince Moon – the musical one

Igor Maniac – the fashion conscious one

Dickie Dalliance – romantic one

Chalkilicious – the annoying one

The show is this Friday. Little Lady luscious has booked her front row seats and you can get yours at  Via Eventbrite 

 

It’s nearly here! The show is tomorrow. We’ve sat down for a chat with the incomparable Stormina Teacup.

She graduated from the Luscious Classes a year ago and now she is back with a new act.

Why did you start performing?

Firstly, there was my love of corsets and bustles. When I realised that burlesque can be very political and empowering I was completely sold. I love costume, singing, dancing, feminism and politics and cabaret is so bonkers and creative – I just love the freedom that I have as a performer.

 

Of all of your acts, which is your favourite to perform?

I’m hoping it will be my new act, which I’m performing on Thursday. Certainly this is the most ambitious and it’s the one that I feel is most ‘me’. This also means that it is the act I feel most nervous about.

 

How do you come up with a new act or routine? What does that creative process look like?

I normally start with the music, although sometimes I start with the costume. I love making really ridiculously novel costumes. I have one act where my skirt becomes a bustle, and another where a flag unfurls from under my skirt.  I always end up spending much more time on costume than I do on other parts of my acts. That’s probably not a good thing.

 

What’s your favourite thing about cabaret?

I don’t even know where to start. I mean, there’s the glitter.

I love that women can present their bodies in any way that feels appropriate to them. As a plus size performer and I love that I have complete power over my body on stage – I feel powerful and inspiring. I have started to realise recently how supportive the industry is. We all help each other and use our skills to support other performers with act development, costuming, emotional support. It’s such a gorgeous family. I feel so proud to work alongside the other amazing women working in Burlesque right now.

 

What’s your favourite way to relax after a show?

Prosecco.

 

Do you have any hidden talents?

Too many to list here… Seriously, so much talent.

 

What’s your next challenge in life or in performing?

My new act is a massive challenge for me in literally every part of my performing repertoire. I have made a costume from scratch, put together a complicated audio track, and am pushing myself as a dancer, actor and performer (I don’t really have a background in any of those things). I am excited to see where that takes me.

 

If you want to see Stormina in action, join us in Thursday night at the Luscious Burlesque Night! Tickets are still available http://www.littleladyluscious.co.uk/shows/