On a jaunt out to see Clocktopus Cabaret with Mr Delicious back in December, Little Lady Luscious spotted the up and coming Olivia Jannesson.  We love an act with a ukulele, I mean who doesn’t, right?  We are looking forward to Olivia sharing  what she has been working on.  It’s sure to bring a smile to your face.  If you’re ready to join in the luscious fun this Friday go ahead and get booking via the link below.

Olivia playing the Ukulele with Luscious Cabaret logo and Friday 7th June at The Albany Great Portland st

Want learn a bit more about the fabulous Olivia then read on for what she does for fun, how she chose her stage name, her love for cabaret and what’s the craziest moment she’s experienced on stage …

When you have a day off, what do you do for fun?

I enjoy the green grass, and the fresh air by the water, doing some yoga and listening to music, spending time with the people I love. Sometimes also just enjoying my own company and exploring, I love a good adventure!

How did you choose your stage name?
Well I guess it’s just my name. I’ve learned to own it.

What’s the craziest moment you’ve experienced as a performer?
That’s a tough one – most of my experiences have been really good and I’ve just loved the thrill!

What do you love most about the cabaret community?
The acceptance and the love that everyone gives, it’s so beautiful and welcoming!

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Opening up the application link on the luscious website meant opening up to new and very different styles of performance.  Little Lady Luscious loves it when something drops into the inbox that she has never seen before.  Luscious had never seen anything like Shirley the Middle aged siren and before she even realised she had done it the booked button was clicked.  Welcome another misfit to the Luscious mix who’ll have you giggling into you gin this Friday at Luscious Cabaret.  To give you a wee insight meet Shirley and what she loves about the cabaret …

When you have a day off, what do you do for fun?

Drink tea, eat grapes and swim

How did you choose your stage name?

Shirley came from an ‘S’ name to go with Siren and I was going for a derogatory term that used to be used in Australia for women, but got it wrong – should have been ‘Shelia’ and a cross with the Johnny Cash – a boy named Sue (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Gbtm-93oqE) – shows you a bit of how my head works, not terrible well?!

What’s the craziest moment you’ve experienced as a performer?

Too many to name, but most recent was when I was hired to be ‘Cat in the Hat’ for a school open day, but I was being driven by someone who is dyslexic and I’m dyslexic and we weren’t given the full address of where we needed to be, so we didn’t notice the difference between Lingfield and Lindfield – who knew there were 2 such closely named places?!

What do you love most about the cabaret community?

You guys are like my broken beautiful self

Are you ready to dive in and book your tickets to London’s most welcoming cabaret right here

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.

Carrying you away this month is …

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Agent Chlamydia Jones and their secret mission.

Pupin De Vert with a bit of pride and prejudice 

The Sensational songstress Ember  

Sensual and coy Rose Demure

Taking us on a ride is Juliet Peaches 

Out of this world Phoxy Qurvy 

Electra Valentine with her intricate web

Loris and Lee will be getting us giggling

The boss Little Lady Luscious will be getting up on stage

And if that isn’t enough Paulus will be back and drinking all of the wine!

Get ready to feel the love with us and book your tickets …

 

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 …

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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!

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Zee Zee Stardust 

My power would be Mimicry (why have one power ,when you can take everyone else’s powers)

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Ms Larissa Thorne

I’d like the power to speak with animals because, to be frank, people really get on my tits.

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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!

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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!

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Diva Regina

The power of Mind Control so I could make Theresa May cancel Brexit, any idea how I can develop that?!

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Kiki Mellék

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!

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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 …

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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!

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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!

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One of our very first Luscious Gentlemen it’s the very debonair Vince Moon!

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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.

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Geeking out to all things fabulous it’s Chalkilicious!

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As part of the Delicious Dames the smokin’ Donna Divine returns with Little Lady Luscious

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Luscious favourite and co consipritor on the Luscious Burlesque Course it’s Trixi Tassels!

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And finally the compere keeping us all in our place it’s the fantabulous Paulus!

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Grab your tickets via Design My Night for one Luscious Night Out!

 

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.

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/