Saturday, 31 March 2012

'The Burlesque Show' Weekender

Friday saw the next stop on 'The Evening of Burlesque' tour, so I travelled with Coco Malone and Kittie Klaw to the lovely little market town of Lichfield to the Garrick Theatre:

Our name on the Dressing-Room door!

The Lichfield Garrick Theatre

The show was hosted by the hilarious and talented Ria Lina and the regular cast were joined for this episode by the gorgeous Vicky Butterfly, and international Dita Von Teese tribute act, Carrie-Ann (complete with giant martini glass and the most sparkling costumes I've ever seen)

Backstage with Carrie-Ann and Ria Lina

The show was wonderful, and everyone from the crew to the staff at the gorgeous hotel were incredibly helpful, which definitely makes all the difference when you're hopping from one place to another each week!

Beautiful hotel and log cabins!

The next morning, we enjoyed a long lie-in, as the Saturday night show was only an hours drive away! After indulging with a leisurely brunch and we even had time for a round or two of crazy golf before heading off! Although I have to say, the first (easiest) hole took me about twelve shots so I gave up - haha! 

Brunch with Ria Lina, Elan and his lovely wife, James, Jim, Kirsty, Glorian Gray, Coco Malone and Fancy Chance
Cabaret Crazy-Golf!

I was excited to perform in Crewe at the historic Lyceum Theatre, as I used to come and watch pantomimes here with my family when I was younger - there are also wonderful ghost stories associated with this theatre (including a ballerina who threw herself from the grand circle, and the ubiquitous 'Grey Lady'!) and the history of music-hall and variety shows in England is woven into the city as it stands on one of the main rail-network interchanges meaning the city was once a crossroads of the travelling entertainment industry: all of which lends a sense of nostalgia yet excitement to this early 20th Century Theatre (built in 1911, I believe)

The Crewe Lyceum

Huge display in the foyer

The show itself was another sell-out and the audience definitely warmed up as the night went on: although I'm sure we had Statler and Waldorf (part of The Muppets Show, for those of you who are confused!) sat in the top right balcony, which led to a few laughs backstage! We also had Elliot Mason and Dolores Delight back for the evening, along with the wonderful Glorian Gray lending a hand with the show management, which was fabulous!

Mirror Photo! With Ria Lina, James Malach, Glorian Gray, Dolores Delight, Elan Koszuk and Fancy Chance

One of the things I love most about 'The Burlesque Show' cast is that, even though there may be different people at each show, because it is a revolving cast, there is always such a wonderful camaraderie backstage...

Jim Devereaux as Elvis, and a gloriously befuddled Elliot Mason

Elliot Mason and Fancy Chance - two of my favourite photos ever!

Ria and Fancy - Bag Ladies: and Fancy asleep on a confused Elliot

Glorian, Jim, Kirsty, James, Elliot, Fancy, Dolores and Ria - a well deserved after-show drink!

**Things I Love This Month**
*Rimmel Gel Eyeliner**Flash Paper**Sunshine**The Smell of Spring**Ice Cream in the Park**Hot Right Now by DJ Fresh**Directions Toners**Lindt mini Chocolate Eggs*

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