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
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?
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?