Tuesday, 1 January 2013

The Final Countdown...

The last week of 2012 was pretty damn spectacular - what a way to end a wonderful year!

On Friday I joined a motley crew of some of the leading lights of the London cabaret and burlesque scene at Madame Jojo's for a truly bonkers night: Tempest Rose and the House of Burlesque joined forces with The Kitten Club and The Folly Mixtures for a night of Girl Power! It was a pleasure to join such an amazing cast and I got to watch several performers I'd never seen before, which was wonderful, all rounded off by the most insane, girl-powered finale!

Backstage shenanigans! ** Spice Girls!

Spices! Chrys Columbine, Tempest Rose and Dave the Bear

Drunk? With Tempest Rose and Gracie Disgrace

Off to the Hippodrome! With Bettsie Bon Bon and Hansel Mannish

After the show, I headed off with Hansel Mannish, Bettsie Bon Bon and Ooh La Lou to the Hippodrome Casino to watch Boom and Bang Circus and another stellar line-up including Dusty Limits, Kitty Bang Bang, Kiki Kaboom and Sarah-Louise Young! I have to confess it all gets a little bit hazy after that... bubbly wine...

Dusty Limits on stage at The Hippodrome

After feeling rather fragile the following afternoon, I tentatively ventured out of the warmth of the house to The Duchess Theatre to see The Boy With Tape On His Face - and it was wonderful! One of the most beautiful shows I've ever had the pleasure to watch and I can honestly say I laughed until I cried!

The Boy With Tape On His Face at The Duchess Theatre

Now I have to say that New Years Eve is jinxed for me. Every year that I have been performing burlesque, my NYE booking is cancelled at relatively short notice for various reasons, and this year was no exception with my plans being rudely cancelled a couple of days ago.
However, my wonderful cabaret family rescued me from malaise (sitting on the couch with the cats and a lone glass of prosecco) and I dolled myself up and took myself back to Madame Jojo's to join Tempest Rose and The House of Burlesque for their masquerade ball!

New Year nails!

It was so lovely to spend my New Year with such amazing people - the cast was fabulous and the audience were bonkers!

Mirror Picture! With Dolly Rose, Audacity Chutzpah, Gracie Disgrace, Kat Would, Jo Llewellyn and Tempest Rose

With Dolly Rose after the show

The whole wonderful night was rounded off by a trip to Volupte Lounge for the after-party where we met with Delores Deluxe, Dave The Bear, Leonie Soprano and various members of the cabaret family, for New Year champagne!

So... Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2013 is as wonderful as the last twelve months have been!

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