21st Century Burlesque fondly remembers watching Folly Mixtures-to-be Ooh La Lou and Liberty Sweet perform almost a decade ago at the Leicester Square Theatre alongside fellow London veterans Polly Rae, Laurie Hagen and Frisky and Mannish. How time flies!
Five years ago, Lou led the creation of a burlesque supertroupe called The Folly Mixtures, and today they are a veritable army of cheeky, bouncy bombshells teasing audiences all over the capital, famed for their fun-filled, flirtatious group choreo.
This summer, The Folly Mixtures bagged a spot in the London Wonderground 2016 programme, producing a one hour spectacular on a whole new scale. The Spiegeltent was rammed to the rafters with friends, family, industry supporters and long time superfans, and the girls certainly put on a show to be proud of. It was a treat to witness such a milestone moment in the troupe’s history.
Check out the highlight reel, and some thoughts from Ooh La Lou below!
“I knew straight away that if we were taking a show to The London Wonderground, it had to be our biggest show to date!,” says Ooh La Lou.
“The Folly Mixtures has grown so much over the past couple of years and we get to perform all over the place, which is great, but we are usually part of someone else’s show. Since the cabaret world lost Madame Jojo’s, we haven’t had the opportunity to put on a show by ‘our rules’. We wanted to introduce a theme, which we don’t usually do in our revue shows, and stick to our own style – hopefully finding the perfect blend of cheeky, sexy, silly and fun!
“It was a huge amount of work for myself and Katie who run the troupe, with no outside director, producer or financial backer behind us, but I am immensely proud of how it went. We had a full and wonderful audience and could not have had more fun on stage (even if during our Cowgirl act Lolo Pop did pour the whiskey shot straight into my eye, causing a lost eyelash and a bit of a squint for the rest of the show!)
“Dusty Limits and Dave the Bear were the perfect additions and I cannot thank all our Folly girls enough. They have all completely embraced our crazy world and brought personality, hard work, loyalty and a lot of sparkle to both on stage and off! I am a proud old Folly!”
Quoted in major international newspapers and held in high esteem and affection by the international burlesque community, 21st Century Burlesque Magazine has documented the contemporary burlesque scene since 2007. Founded and edited by Holli-Mae Johnson.