Events And Reviews

Review: Edge, Glitz, and Princesses at Disney After Dark

Lady Drew Blood (the Little Mermaid) in Disney After Dark. ©POC PhotoRead more

With their billowing gowns, bustles and jewelled tiaras, princesses have come to embody a sort of ultra-femininity that Western culture reserves for little girls and brides. In the burlesque world, however, we create our own opportunities for sartorial extravagance. In Seattle, Stripped Screw Burlesque’s latest production of Disney After Dark, now in its fifth year, […]

Review: Pretty Haute Machine – Nine Inch Nails Goes Glam

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Burlesque noir at its best, Pretty Haute Machine: A Burlesque Tribute to Nine Inch Nails was a gripping, if intense, tour through a songbook characterised by sex, anger, and isolation. The show was presented by Closer to Broads, the production company of neo-burlesquers Iva Handfull, Lady Drew Blood and Seraphina Fiero. PHM is not the […]

Review: Palace of the Snow Queen (Looking Glass Productions)

Review: Palace of the Snow Queen (Black Cat Cabaret)Read more

This year’s Christmas offering from the Looking Glass Productions arm of Black Cat Cabaret is Palace of the Snow Queen, which promises to deliver “…gourmet winter fayre, beautiful decor, and spectacular cabaret and circus entertainment.” Usually dinner is served as part of the experience, but Saturday 6th December is a cabaret only evening at £25 […]

Burlesque Queens at Theatre Bizarre 2014: A Fiendish Fairytale

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Relive the unique spectacle of Theatre Bizarre 2014 – starring Roxi D’Lite, Dirty Martini, Angie Pontani, Julie Atlas Muz and Russell Bruner – through the eyes of flamboyant burlesque photographer Neil Kendall… When my burlesque pal Roxi D’Lite and I had an post-party chinwag last summer at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in Vegas, […]

The Atomic Bombshells in CAKE! A Decade of Decadent Dazzle (Photos)

The Atomic Bombshells in CAKE! A Decade of Decadent DazzleRead more

The Atomic Bombshells in CAKE! A Decade of Decadent Dazzle, by Crystal Tassels. Seattle burlesque mainstays The Atomic Bombshells celebrated their tenth anniversary last weekend. Hosted by the ever-so-chipper BenDeLaCreme of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame, CAKE! A Decade of Decadent Dazzle was a glitzy delight. In addition to the Bombshells themselves, the troupe invited superstars […]

The Madame Jojo’s Peace Vigil in Words, Photos and Video.

The #SaveMadameJojos Peace Vigil in Words, Photo and Video.Read more

In October, a violent incident involving iconic Soho venue Madame Jojo’s, a celebrated performance space for several decades and home to productions including House of Burlesque, The Folly Mixtures Revue and Cabaret Roulette, led to action by Westminster Council which has been condemned as “draconian” – the complete and brutally swift suspension of its licence […]

Barbarellesque Burlesque Returns to Baltimore

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As the cast readies for the year’s final performance of Barbarellesque (at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance on November 22nd), Kay Sera, co-producer and one of the show’s Barbarellas, talks about creating “an ecdysiast theatrical experience.” Why Barbarella? Barbarella, the 1968 sci-fi camp classic starring Jane Fonda, was ridiculed and reviled in its day. But it’s now […]