About

 

Photo Credit: Karen McBride
“Perspective is Everything”

An avant-garde adventurer, I uncover and illuminate beauty and potential that others overlook.  

I am a developer of people and projects. An ally to the atypical, I guide others along new roads in self-acceptance, self-expression and personal enlightenment. 

I advocate a creative approach. This is because I believe we are happiest when living authentically – as our true selves.  I help others achieve this with individual creative projects (one to one mentoring) and my own original wellbeing workshops which all involve positive risk-taking, honest reflection and conscious self-expression. I can do this because I have explored many hidden, alternative and  taboo paths myself, often forging new playgrounds for others. 

‘Illumination’ is my middle name. Let me help you ‘find your light’ – so that you can grow in your own truth. 

What do I do?

What I believe:

♥️ Every body and Every mind is beautiful – and full of potential. By embracing our universe of diversity and exploring our individual quirks, uncertainties and curiosities, we forge a life of celebration, together . 

♥️ No-one is truly ‘normal’ because average is a mean illusion (pun!). I for one, am never ‘perfectly presented’ (and never will be) because I am not a finished product.

♥️ Controversy is the drive behind our social evolution. I believe that being curious and provoking open questions is healthy – and also the socially responsible thing to do. 

My Experience:

My previous clients and partners, include BBC television and radio, EMI, The British Library, Dennis Publishing, The Armed Forces and many more… click for list!

In addition to various academic and professional accolades in psychology, philosophy and mental health, I am a positive risk-taker with a history of successful leadership. From haunted castles to latex fashion shows, I have walked many cutting-edge pathways finding immense inspiration and insight to share. Best of all, each adventure has helped me to create new personal development opportunities for others:

 

 

 

 

As a serial ‘provocateur’, I’ve been assigned all sorts of monikers and labels such as ‘maverick’,  ‘rebel’, ‘queen’, ‘Infamous’ ‘fearless leader’ and ‘eccentric’ and I’m sure I’ve been called even lesser eloquent things too… but that’s all good, it is a sure sign of having done something meaningful ‘disruptive’ to the status quo. As Oscar Wilde put it: 

“When the critics disagree, the artist is in accordance with himself.” Oscar Wilde

Some opinion, hearsay and such:

“We cannot comment on any other of her activities…”
BBC Spokesman to Sun Journalist.

“Absolutely fascinating… possibly one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever met in my life.”
Katie Martin, BBC Radio Solent

“..her research, writing and vast knowledge of subject matter, make her an asset to her profession”

Anthony Caulfield, Nightfall Films

 “…she is a committed, diligent writer and sparkling storyteller.”
Karen Gregor, Producer – BBC R4

“Totally Hilarious”
Ben Elton

“Infamous”
Marie Claire

“I entered the class as a sceptic and suspected Kirsty was possibly slightly mad…I actually left suspecting Kirsty was in fact a bit of a genius.”
L’oreal Blacklett 

“Breaking New Ground”
Time Out, London

“Living Art”
J Mclean, Founder – EPS Publishing

“Visionary. Her shows are an elegant masquerade of the past and an homage to taste and irony.”
La Repubblica Delle Donne, Italy

“Eccentric, edgy and sensationally witty” 

Portsmouth News 

“The Movers & Shakers of the burlesque world”
BBC 2

“The doyenne of feline femininity – that is the ever-so-charming Kittie. As Britannia, she puts her own twist on the pomp and pageantry of the days of Empire, Her Majesty would be proud.”
Henry Northmore, The List

“Kittie is phenomenal as an outrageous swirling, bustled Boudica”
Irene Brown, Edinburgh Guide

“a beautiful opium-addled vision of Britannia”

Portsmouth News

“A true miracle of mother nature….the sexy pinup doesn’t cease to amaze”
De Telegraaf

“Founder of the resurgent burlesque movement”
The Evening Times
 

“academic boffin… is no ‘shrink’ing violet”
The Sun

“Marvellous. A visual treat acted out vivaciously”
Tony Roper
 
“..what a fantastic evening, Kittie made the whole event very special indeed. I was honoured even to be invited. Directing the camera whilst watching her perform was even ten times better again – it felt very voyeuristic. I loved it!”
‘The Real’ Stig, Producer – ITV
 
“The Star of British Burlesque”
Ориенталь
 
“Burlesque Superstar”
Editor – The List
 
“Veteran Burlesque Performer”
Talkback Thames – ITV
 
“London’s Burlesque Queen”
Fortean Times
 
“Kittie is at the forefront of the international burlesque renaissance”
Editor – The List
 
“Brit Burlesque Bombshell”
Mayfair Magazine
 
“Queen of the British Burlesque Scene”
What’s On, London
 
“For burlesque, you need the Ministry of Burlesque and it’s fearless leader – the fabulous Kittie Klaw”
Time Out
 
“Ministry of Burlesque is London’s leading school and social networking portal for aspiring burlesque artists”

The Independent

“Kittie is the beating heart of the British burlesque scene. A performer in the classical tradition, Kittie updates the glorious traditions of the British burlesque and makes them her own. Without her, the British burlesque scene would be a much duller, less focused, and much less glamorous place!”
David McComb, Editor – Bizarre Magazine.
 

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