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.

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 www.littleladyluscious.co.uk/shows/

Ever wanted to time-travel? Well, all you have to do is get yourself to Luscious Cabaret this Friday, where we will all be whisked away to a bygone era by the absolutely enchanting Miss Odelia Opium. Get ready for a history lesson like no other…

 

What is your first memory of performing?

That would probably be me auditioning for the high school musical production! I didn’t get the part though and have never been on stage again afterwards until I started doing burlesque in 2010!

 

Tell us about the best and worst parts of being on stage.

The best part is certainly the amazing feeling you get from performing for a supportive crowd! You get to share your creativity with them and have a good time together. Worst part – undoubtedly the nerves! Worrying if you’re good enough, what if they don’t like me, all that stuff!

 

Do you have any traditions or rituals on the day of a show?

On a show day it’s all about the preparation rituals – have a shower and exfoliate, then do my hair and makeup and carefully pack my luggage. I love that I own a large collection of makeup to choose from on the day. Even though all my acts have signature looks I like to vary my makeup a little sometimes.

 

How do you develop a new routine? Tell us a bit about the creative process.

As a costume designer I’m all about the visuals. I usually have a costume concept first and the inspiration for me usually comes from the past – paintings, old buildings, popular culture of past centuries.

 

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

Nothing like coming home to a cold drink and vegetarian junk food! I don’t eat before a show, so I’m usually starving by the time I get home!

 

Do you have any secret talents?

Sewing is my super power! I also make the best Aperol Spritz. 🙂

 

Song you’re currently listening to on repeat?

That’s probably the song I use in my newest act! It’s a song by one of my favourite bands, the Cherry Poppin Daddies, which means a lot to me. Not saying which one though! You’ll have to wait and see for yourself!

 

Give us a tease about your upcoming act at Luscious Cabaret!

I’m bringing my latest act with me! Inspired by icons of the past such as Vesta Tilly and Marlene Dietrich, this act is 50% dandy, 80% razzledazzle and 100% sass!

 

You can catch Miss Odelia on June 2nd at Luscious Cabaret! Tickets are available here

Photo credits: Vintage Rebels

IT’S SHOW DAY! Get yourself down to The Albany tonight if you want to see any or indeed all of the performers we’ve met this week in the blog.
 
Today the multi-talented and beautiful Leonie Soprano is answering the questions you’ve all been clamouring to ask her – I’m sure.
 
Why did you start performing? 
I did my degree in Musical Theatre and so had a lot of experience singing and dancing on the stage. The first ever burlesque show I saw was The Kitten Club at Volupte back in 2010 and I immediately knew then that was what I wanted to go and do. The comedy and cleverly choreographed satirical routines performed by a group of women who were a range of shapes and sizes, celebrating their curves and femininity was just amazing to me.
 
 Do you remember your first time on stage? How did that go?
My first performance was at the end of the Burlesque Performance Course taught by Tempest Rose at Madame Jo Jo’s. Tempest Rose. This was a troupe dance which was Christmas themed and involved a comedy reverse striptease act where I was dressed as a Christmas tree! It was both hilarious and exhilarating and I loved it!
 
Of all of your acts, which is your favourite to perform?
My favourite act to perform is called Please Don’t Touch me where I sing a duet with Charlie my puppet, and lecture him about how audience members should behave towards burlesque performers. 
 
What is your biggest asset and your biggest flaw as a performer?
Well my biggest assets are these…..*gestures own chest* and my biggest flaw is that it takes me an age to get ready for an act and so I am really terrible at quick changes and have on several occasions have ended up with an army of performers helping to dress me.
 
What do you think is people’s first impression of you?
I have an office job in my ‘other life’ so I think I look like a non extraordinary person and definitely one of the ‘norms’. I am quite a down to earth and social person and most of all backstage I pride myself on just being friendly and good mannered.
 
What’s your favourite thing about cabaret? 
My favourite thing about cabaret is the opportunity to create my own performance, showcasing my best talents and saying whatever I want to say! For so many years I was forever auditioning for parts where I had to fit a particular role or the producers vision, and stand on a stage singing someone else’s words and dancing someone else’s steps. Cabaret is the antithesis of this and allows the performer to create their own act and so market their own ‘product’.
 
We’ve all had those days when we feel like doing nothing. What motivates you to be productive on a daily basis? 
Yeah, about that erm………. seriously though I do think there are days when it is important to relax and take time to have those days when you can afford to relax and unwind. I would say that I am at my best when under a bit of pressure and when there is a deadline that has to be hit. My motto would always be ‘the show must go on’.
 
 What’s your next challenge in life or in performing?
I performing I’d like to focus on creating some new acts that are innovative and exciting. My next life goal is to save up for a house and also a few fancy and expensive holidays in the Caribbean.
 
Leonie Soprano is performing tonight not once but twice on the luscious stage!

To kick off our interview series for next week’s Luscious Cabaret, we’ve got a special weekend treat for you: first up is none other but the fabulous Paulus, whom you may have already caught performing solo or as part of Nasty Blouse at previous Luscious Cabarets. This time around we are excited to welcome Paulus as our guest host, for one night only! So without further ado…

 

1. Tell us a bit about why you decided to start performing.

Community service. Crimes against theatre. I’ve got 137 hours left.

 

2. Do you remember your first time on stage? How did that go?

I was seven and I had adapted a short book for the stage. I made my two best friends and one of their little brothers be in it and I directed and starred, obvs. Littlebourne Village Fete did not know what had hit them.

 

3. Any memorable audience members that you’ve encountered throughout your career?

No. Not a one. I barely know there’s anybody else in the building.

 

4. We’ve all had those days when we feel like doing nothing. What motivates you to be productive on a daily basis?

Cheese, mostly. That, and the knowledge that a sedentary lifestyle in this digital age will surely put you in an early grave quicker than a box-set marathon of How I Met Your Mother, and I don’t want that. Unless the coffin is made of cheese. In which case, I do. Mmmm – Camembert Coffin…

 

5. What do you think is people’s first impression of you?

Who is that stunning creature and how can I be their BFF.

 

6. What is your biggest asset and your biggest flaw as a performer?

The answer is the same for both; I give too much. It oozes out of me. Or that might just be the smell of Brie…

 

7. Tell us how you’d spend an ideal day off.

Drinking tea and pruning the climbing roses in my garden, with occasional guest appearances from my cat, Harley (pictured)

8. Favourite drink?

PG Tips Tea until 5pm (semi skimmed, no sugar or even stirred with a spoon that has been anywhere near sugar and in a Denby mug. That last part is non-negotiable). After 5pm, I’ll drink Meths from a jam jar, babes.

 

You can catch Paulus (no guarantees on Harley) at Luscious Cabaret on April 7th at the Albany! xx

With just a week to go until Luscious Cabaret returns to the Albany on April 7th, we’ve got some important lineup changes to announce! The world of cabaret is a fickle one sometimes, and things can change just like that – so while we’re disappointed that a few of our previously announced performers will no longer be taking to the stage (but we do look forward to seeing them in future Luscious Cabarets!), we’ve got three brilliant new additions to Friday’s lineup! So everyone, get excited for…

 

Fabulously talented bellydancer and one half of the amazing Gimcrack Productions, Rosie Kohl!

 

Stand-up character comedy queen and mistress of quirky capitalisation, SuZanna GonZo!

International award winning showgirl and head of House of Burlesque, Miss Tempest Rose!

 

Looking forward to seeing you there! xx

Today we’re turning the spotlight away from our performers and onto some of our favourite Luscious Cabaret regulars! If you’ve attended one of our shows in the past few months, you’ve definitely seen the Canty’s around – so we thought this week we’d ask them a few quick questions to get to know them better!
1. How long have you been coming to Luscious Cabaret? How did you first hear about it?
Our first show was in October last year and we had been recommended to it by lots of people including Emily (shameless hussy).
2. What are your memories of the very first show you attended?
How relaxed the atmosphere was and that everyone was having fun!
3. What do you most enjoy about Luscious Cabaret?
You are made to feel part of the family and it is a true party night.
4. Do you have any favourite acts or performers that you’d like to see on stage again?
Always love Michael Twaits, the guys are always fun but really we love them all!
5. You’ve been involved in quite a bit of audience participation during our shows! Would you ever consider taking to the stage yourselves?
We don’t mind looking like idiots but certainly wouldn’t like to inflict us on an audience!
6. What other events or shows do you like going to?
We try to go to cabaret and burlesque shows a couple of times a month.
7. Finally, how would you describe Luscious Cabaret to someone who has never heard of it before?
If you want to have a great time and see great acts amongst really fun and nice people, you can’t do any better than Luscious Cabaret.
Big thanks to the Canty’s and looking forward to seeing them (and all of you!) on April 7th, when we’re back at the Albany!
Photo credits: Stephan Burn Photography

Nasty Blouse & Elvis can’t wait to find out who will be taking part in April’s Luscious Cabaret! Image from the last Luscious Cabaret, taken by the fabulous Stephan Burn!

It’s that time of the month again, ladies and gentlemen… when we introduce you to the newest set of amazing Luscious Cabaret performers! April 7th will be here in a blink of an eye, so we wanted to make sure you’re getting properly excited by offering you a teaser of just who will be taking to the stage at the Albany. Without further ado, meet…

Morbidly delightful duo and Luscious Cabaret veterans, Gimcrack Productions!

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Hilarious, Horny and from Texas is the fabulous SuZanna GonZo!

Chalkilicious, so delicious, makes them girls (and boys) go loco!

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Photo by Plainview media

Always cheeky Miss Oopsie Ooohh, making clumsy look cute!

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Photo by Dom Prior

Mysterious mistress of bygone eras, Odelia Opium!

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Photo by vintage Rebels

Starring lady in a period drama, Bonnie Knockers!

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Photo by Retro photo studio

Finally, while we are sadly deprived of the company of  Michael Twaits this time around, we are so excited to announce the amazing Paulus will be taking over hosting duties for one show only! 

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Photo by Jon Ellis: jme-photoart.com

Looking forward to seeing everyone on April 7th!

Happy Easter everyone!  And we have a treat for you today, the fabulous powerhouse that is Onyx Fatale.  This sassy & fabulous diva is one of our faves here at Luscious Cabaret and we hear she is going to be a bit of a disco diva this coming Friday.  Here’s a look back to the last time she joined us at Luscious Cabaret.
  
1. What does a typical show day look like for you?  
I start my show day from the time I wake up. I start my day prepping and sorting out my glamorous outfit and sorting out my make up for the night. Then it’s on to tech rehearsal! 
2. What do you enjoy the most (and least) about being in the spotlight?
I love entertaining the audience and bringing energy to the stage. The thing I hate most is when something doesn’t go to plan normally!
 
3. Do you have any special pre-show rituals?
A nice glass of Aperol Spritz will put me in the mood to entertain.
4. Tell us about the main similarities and differences between “everyday” you and your on-stage persona.
My day job is very different to my on-stage persona. I don’t get to express myself, whereas Onyx comes out and pours fierceness on the stage!
 
5. Craziest moment you’ve experienced as a performer?
A woman threw a pair of underwear at me once while on stage! I didn’t know whether they were clean or not so I just left them on stage…
6. What is your all-time favourite routine you’ve done?
I love all my routines but currently my favourite is Queen of the Night – that is when the diva truly comes out to shine!
 
7. Without giving too much away, what can we expect from your act?
A lot of sass, and fierceness with a twist.
 
8. Current TV guilty pleasure?
Too many to name but currently it’s X Factor – I love seeing the audition stages, especially when people believe they can hit a note! 
Join us on Friday for more Luscious fun!

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Photo credits: Stephan Burn