Burlesque at London Wonderground 2014 (Part One)

Burlesque at London Wonderground 2014 (Part One)

London Wonderground is set to spice up the Southbank for a third year this summer, with an extensive and varied programme of events covering cabaret, comedy, music, circus, and burlesque.  I heartily recommend multiple visits to Wonderground; you can enjoy a cool drink in the gardens with lanterns dancing above you in the trees, browse […]

INTERVIEW: Minnie Tonka and Darlinda Just Darlinda, The Schlep Sisters. (Partnerships Series)

INTERVIEW: The Schlep Sisters – Minnie Tonka and Darlinda Just Darlinda. (Partnerships Series)

With their tenth anniversary celebration coming up this Saturday (March 8th – see details below), it’s the perfect moment to finally interview two of the most warm, intelligent and face-achingly hilarious women I know, and document a decade of achievement in words and photos.  As The Schlep Sisters and as soloists, Minnie Tonka and Darlinda […]

Interview: The Rise and Rise of the Helsinki Burlesque Festival

Interview: The Rise and Rise of the Helsinki Burlesque Festival

The Helsinki Burlesque Festival, now in its seventh year, is one of the trendiest and increasingly high profile events on the burlesque calendar and attracts a steady stream of burlesque heavyweight headliners, including Dirty Martini, Angie Pontani, Tigger!, Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey, and burlesque legends Satan’s Angel and Isis Starr.  This year, […]

Review: Burlesque On Ice

Review: Burlesque On Ice

Burlesque On Ice was billed as “a spectacular show … set to be one of the hottest tickets in London”, but in reality it failed to deliver at a sufficiently high standard in a number of key areas. A production which was meant to be uplifting, exhilarating and infectious was largely lost in translation and […]

Review: Showtime at Cafe De Paris

Review: Showtime at Cafe de Paris

It’s all change at Cafe de Paris.  Resident guest show The Wam Bam Club has departed, and the venue now has its own new shows, produced in-house.  One of these is Showtime, a supper club cabaret with the option of a three course dining experience, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  If you’ve never been to Cafe […]

New York Burlesque Festival 2013: Saturday Spectacular

New York Burlesque Festival 2013: Saturday Spectacular

21st Century Fox here, bringing you more New York Burlesque Festival action direct from my basement!  (Thanks for the (admittedly hilarious) ‘plug’ Murray.) Dazzled by my first experience of Times Square at night, I and my trusty pal Verity Vale picked and pushed through the gawking clusters of tourists and made it to the legendary […]

Exposed: Julie Atlas Muz and Mat Fraser (Partnerships Series)

Exposed: Julie Atlas Muz and Mat Fraser (Partnerships Series)

As they kick off a UK tour of their hit show Beauty and the Beast, and feature in a new burlesque documentary by Beth B, EXPOSED, I continue my Partnerships Series by interviewing trailblazing, hilarious and heavy hitting power couple Julie Atlas Muz and Mat Fraser. For the benefit of those who are new to […]


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Tansy: Eager To Lose

Tansy: Eager To Lose

“Welcome to the legendary Tim Tam Room, where the music sizzles, champagne flows, and dancing beauties tempt and tease. When Tansy, the club’s crown jewel, announces her imminent departure, the club’s MC is left holding his heart in his hands. Exuberant hijinks and salacious striptease collide as this night of classic burlesque unspools into a […]

New York Burlesque Festival 2013: Friday Night Premiere Party

New York Burlesque Festival 2013: Friday Night Premiere Party

Day Two of the New York Burlesque Festival and The Brooklyn Bowl was the place to be.  I was warned in advance that the large, standing-room-only floor in front of the stage could become a real crush and hard on your feet, not to mention make it very difficult to see clearly and take notes, […]

New York Burlesque Festival 2013: Thursday Night Teaser Party

New York Burlesque Festival 2013: Thursday Night Teaser Party

We gathered together in the belly of Le Poisson Rouge for the first night of the eleventh annual New York Burlesque Festival. Although some of the best-known faces didn’t make an appearance at this early stage, the air was full of relaxed welcome, reunion and anticipation. A troupe of enthusiastic go-go dancers took to the […]

Frenchie Kiss and Jett Adore. (Partnerships Series)

Frenchie Kiss and Jett Adore. (Partnerships Series)

My Partnerships Series continues with Frenchie Kiss and Jett Adore.  This dynamic, creative and affectionate duo have won coveted awards at The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend, separately as members of groups (Frenchie with The Chicago Starlets, and Jett as one third of The Stage Door Johnnies), and together as ‘Best Duo’ in 2012.  Read […]