History Of Burlesque: The Leg Mania Artiste

The origins of burlesque are old – ancient, in fact! And we like a bit of history! So today’s installment of our history of burlesque series takes a look at the Leg Mania Artiste of the 1800s… And it’s not quite what you think! You might think of leg mania, in our times, as someone […]

History Of Burlesque: The Skirt Dancer

Continuing our look at burlesque history, we’re examining the Skirt Dancer, one of the most dramatic and visual aspects of the vaudeville stage, most popular in the late 1800s. If you’ve been a regular on the burlesque scene – either through audience or performer, you will recognise a modern version of the skirt dancer in […]

History of Burlesque – Derek Jarman’s Jubilee – Punk Era

While burlesque clubs and the scene in general might have gone underground during this period, there were a few figures employing the essence of burlesque – in the sense of classical style – to get their message across. Here we take a look at Derek Jarman’s somewhat accidentally prophetic Jubilee – released in 1978 and […]

Geeky Historical Christmas Facts pt 24

So it’s Christmas eve – which means only one thing -we’ve come to the end of our Christmas facts! Hope you’ve enjoyed them as much as we have! Plus it’s also given us the excuse to raid out Bluestocking Christmas show picture file – and today’s is from last year’s Hothouse Flowers show, and who […]

Geeky Historical Christmas Facts pt 22 and 23

So we’ve come to the penultimate edition of the geeky historical facts – we hope you’ve all enjoyed reading them and having a gander at pics from BSL’s Christmas shows over the years…  Fact #22 concerns the Vikings (again) and the Krampen. The Vikings god Odin is said to be a precursor to the ‘modern […]

Geeky Historical Christmas Facts 19, 20 and 21

Just a few more of our historical christmas facts to go! We hope they’ve been making you feel really christmassy! Today’s pic is a backstage pic from our first festive show – Viva Las Vegas Christmas, at Swansea’s Monkey Bar, 2015… All we remember about that year was the snow and poor Banbury Cross and […]

Geeky Historical Christmas Facts 17 & 18

Today you get a double whammy (because we didn’t post yesterday) of Christmas fact, that we hope has been making you feel a little bit Christmassy! And Today’s pic is of the lovely Velma Von Bon Bon’s Blue Moon act from our Blue Christmas show, Dec 2013  Fact #17 The Star Of David. Could it […]

Geeky Historical Christmas Fact 16

Today we are dealing with the ‘big one’ – the lamb of god, the messiah, etc… and yes, he is a very naughty boy! Fact #16 The ‘exact’ date of jesus’ birth  [religious disclaimer: we’re not religious and am purely looking at this from a historical point of view, if you are religious you may […]

Geeky Historical Christmas Facts 15

Well, we’ve got just 10 more of those facts to go – and that means 10 more pics from our christmas Bluestocking shows. Today’s pic is Eliza DeLite’s Like A Prayer act from our Blue Christmas show, 2013 by Miss Moth Photography… and speaking of Lite…   Fact #15 concerns Christmas lights.  It’s Thomas Edison […]

Geeky Historical Christmas Facts 11, 12, 13 and 14

We’ve got a bit of catching up to do on our Christmas facts – which are nothing to do with Burlesque and really, are just an excuse to raid our Bluestocking christmas show album! So today, you lucky beggars, we have 4…  fact #11 tinsel…  Yes that tacky, hideous string of horror that gets everywhere, […]