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, […]

Geeky Historical Christmas Facts 7

Nothing to do with burlesque (aside from giving us the chance to root through the Bluestocking Christmas album) but everything to do with Christmas, we’re bringing you a geeky historical Christmas fact for every day leading up to Christmas…  Fact #7 – Mince Pies…  They are actually of Middle Eastern origin (my fave part of […]

Geeky Historical Christmas Facts pt6

It’s the 6th December, so that means part 6 of our christmas facts! Absolutely nothing to do with burlesque or cabaret, but everything (obviously!) to do with christmas – plus it gives us the excuse to look at all our festive BSL pics from the past five years! Fact #6 wassailing…  While wassailing (old english […]

Geeky Historical Christmas facts, 4 and 5

As we are at the 5th December, here are parts 4 and 5 of our historical fact about christmas – nothing to do with burlesque or cabaret, but everything do do with feeling christmassy!  Fact #4 concerns Mistletoe…  The moniker of this is actually of Anglo Saxon origin (Misteltan – means dung stick, as misteltoe […]

Geeky historical Christmas Facts pt 1-3

Nothing to do with burlesque but just getting us into the christmas spirit! We’re re-publishing Lilly Laudanum’s collection of historical christmas facts, well, because we can! We be posting them right up to christmas eve, so stay tuned! Today’s installment is parts 1-3 as we’ve missed a few days! Fact #1 Gifts… So, we give […]

Piercing The Veil… Why A Belly Dancer’s Prop Can Be Your New Costume Friend!

We all know that burlesque and belly dance are linked… Since belly dance first entered the Western World’s imagination at the Chicago World Fair in the 1880s (you can read about the history of burlesque and belly dance at the Chicago World Fair here) burlesque dancers have been emulating and converting the moves for our own […]

History Of Burlesque: Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

Yes, we know what you are all thinking: Chaucer – yawn! For most of us who did English at A Level, Geoffrey Chaucer’s epic work The Canterbury Tales brings a dark cloud of boredom overhead… I (Lilly Laudanum) was one of those annoying classmates who actually enjoyed his works! And looking through the Middle English […]

History Of Burlesque: Ancient Greece

When the ‘casual observer’ imagines burlesque, the usual image that comes up is 1940s/1950s era pin up girls, stockings ‘accidentally’ being revealed as a skirt is blown up by a gust of wind, Hollywood-style bombshells and cheeky winks. In actual fact, burlesque is a lot older than it’s ‘vintage’ image… We’re not talking about the […]

5 Years! A Retrospective part 5 – 2014

So now we reach last year on our little look back and finally we crossed off a few more of the performers on our wish list (btw, this list is very long and we’re eventually working through it!) to bring to you lovely audience in Wales. We saw more of our Bluestocking students hit the […]