🤔What does an average mind or body look like? Where would we find one? All our notions of ‘normal’ and ideal are illusions – in many cases ones we all collaborate in! Averages are concepts that only exist because of human VARIETY – how ironic! … Continue readingAverage is a Mean Illusion
Every body, Every mind… beautiful. 🙏 Beauty norms are an illusion. Every cell that makes up every body is a unique expression of the universe, creating itself. 🧠 Regardless of height, weight and other measurable things, immeasurable beauty lives in the whole-ness and joy of every … Continue readingBeauty is not a matter of size…
If we want to pursue individual happiness and a fair society, we all need to be allies to those whose voices are diminished beneath the roar of controversy. When I took part in a panel discussion on trans for the Church of England last year, … Continue readingNot Lost in Translation… insight from transgender and non-binary voices
Why do we all worry about perfection and presentation? Because we think everyone else is achieving it? Or that despite not being perfect themselves, they will judge imperfection? Well… if they do, let them. If they are seeking perfection in you… it’s because they lack … Continue readingPerfectly Presented or a Work in Progress?
Last Winter I was invited to speak as part of a panel discussion on the topic of ‘transgender’ hosted by Rev. Michael Hampson of the Church of England, at St. Margaret’s Church in Hornby. My contributions were drawn from my long experience in both burlesque … Continue readingPreaching to the Subverted
Ambition is rather IFFY…. It is often seen as something to be proud of – or a personal quality that would ensure “success”, whatever that is… but it’s all so hypothetical and future-dwelling. I say it’s time to put ambition on hold and be inspired … Continue readingAspire to be without Ambition
I was a child model but as soon as puberty hit, no-one wanted to know. So… after much shame over my height and shape as a teenager and despite eventually reaching the mighty height of 5′ and a bit of an inch and with the … Continue readingMy surprising career as a model…
All of these photos were taken at my Ministry of Burlesque shows (typically from the side of stage) or in private circumstances.
5th January 2019 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm The Burlesque Show £25 Join this theatre touring alluring riotous romp into the bizarre world of burlesque and cutting-edge variety. Turning the norms of theatre topsy-turvy, see sashaying burlesque bombshells slip into exotic character as smoothly as … Continue reading5th Jan 2019 – The Burlesque Show
Coming Out of The Closet Victorian Spiritualism and the Vaudeville Striptease (First Published: Erotic Review. Issue 66, 2004.) A grand parlour room bathed in the dim and eerie glow of phosphorus and magnesium lamps hosts an arrangement of ladies and gentlemen, seated on edge. They eagerly … Continue readingComing Out of The Closet: Victorian Spiritualism and the Vaudeville Striptease
21 December @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm MoB Christmas CABARET from £22, Dinner options. Concessions available. Celebrate this Christmas in style with The Ministry Of Burlesque’s Christmas Cabaret – an uproarious revue of camp Christmas comedy and festive friskiness, featuring the daring antics of … Continue readingMoB Christmas CABARET
Why burlesque could be good for you. In the face of ever-evolving social and artistic controversy over burlesque as a form of entertainment, I’d like to volunteer my tuppence-worth on an overlooked aspect of participation. As someone who has meaningful experience in both the promotion … Continue readingWhy burlesque could be good for you.
26 October @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm MoB CABARET from £18, Dinner options. Concessions available. Fusing the wild, weird and witty traditions of circus, cabaret and burlesque Ministry of Burlesque Cabaret unfolds as a bold and daring, ever evolving new-variety experience. Enjoy a myriad of … Continue readingMoB CABARET – Hallowe’en Scream!
“Malicious gossip is a bitter pill indeed – but it’s only poisonous if you swallow it.” The irony is that it is not just the target who must avoid swallowing. For gossip to spread and be effective, it needs carriers. Those who spread it – … Continue readingGossip: A Bitter Pill – but only poisonous if you swallow it…
Is it acceptable to copy or imitate well known acts – even from long ago? Old or New? Burlesque literally means to ‘parody’ but don’t forget that a parody is very different to straight imitation or copying. A parody must contain direct referencing of the … Continue readingFAQ You! Imitation or Homage?
How do I choose the correct corset for me? When choosing a corset it is important that you get a well fitting one. Corsets vary not only in the size according to your waist, hips and bust but also in shape, length and style. Choosing … Continue readingFAQ You! Choosing a corset
I don’t perform – how else can I get involved in the Burlesque world? The ever growing world of burlesque clubs and revues means that there is ever growing opportunity for stage managers, set designers, costume designers and technical people among many other things. Like … Continue readingFAQ You! Non-performing roles in burlesque
When does a performer become a ‘Professional’? Having a professional attitude or approach to a thing is not necessarily what makes it your ‘profession’. When something is your profession, it is implied that this is your main source of earning and what you have specifically … Continue readingFAQ You! Are you a professional?
I have a routine, how can I get ahead in Burlesque? If you are indeed keen to pursue a fancy in burlesque artistry, cabaret or ‘pinup’ modeling yourself, be prepared to invest a lot of your own time, money and effort in pursuit of a … Continue readingFAQ You! How to get ahead in burlesque
Someone else is using my stage-name! What should I do? If you are a performer and you find that someone has begun using a name which is the same or very similar to yours, the best thing to do is get a second opinion on … Continue readingFAQ You! Resolving stage name disputes