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…
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
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.
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!
Ouch! When someone is inexplicably mean it is often because they are licking an unconscious wound…. Damage to our self-image can take many forms and wounds can be inflicted in any ways. From deliberate insult to personal failure, typically a bruised ego affects only the owner … Continue readingEgos can hurt…
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
How do I choose a ‘burlesque name’ to perform under? Choosing a name can be tricky and performers typically go through two or three versions of a name before settling. It’s a good idea to let it grow organically – try something which you feel … Continue readingFAQ You! Choosing a stage name
How do I get involved in performing Burlesque? First of all, do a bit of research to find out what tickles you the most. Discover the variety and history of it all. The online forums host a plethora of magazine articles here which should help, … Continue readingFAQ You! How do I start performing?
Where can I hire professional performers/producers? Currently, there are only a handful of burlesque performers who are considered by the wider entertainment industry to be ‘professional artists’ or genuine producers. These people are indeed few and are rare gems often with many imitators – but … Continue readingFAQ You! Hiring Talent
Where can I find reputable teachers? Taking up lessons from reputable teachers is an excellent way to start out, but do research your options – the person who happens to be most local or inexpensive may not be the best choice. There is no ’standarisation’ … Continue readingFAQ You! Finding Teachers
Based on the many years of answering popular questions the Ministry of Burlesque has compiled carefully considered answers to those tricky and frequently asked questions of modern burlesque, new performers and the ever curious press. FAQ such as: What is Burlesque? Really? ‘Burlesque’ has come … Continue readingFAQ YOU! What is Burlesque? Really?
17/10/08 British Burlesque: Funny HaHa or Funny Peculiar or, Tickle My Fancy ! – A Guide To ‘Traditional British’ Burlesque Amidst the renaissance of the showgirl-striptease and all that glitters, the art of traditional burlesque theatre is in danger of becoming totally misunderstood – removed … Continue readingTraditional British Burlesque: Funny HaHa or Funny Peculiar?