Inspiration Behind The Act: Lilly Laudanum’s Liber-Ation

You see the acts on stage and, aside from obviously getting excited by what you see unfolding (or being uncovered) in front of your eyes, sometimes you think, ‘How the hell did they come up with that idea?!’ Lilly Laudanum let’s us into the inspiration behind her Liber-Ation act… I’ve wanted to do a balloon […]

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 […]

Meet The Performer: Odelia Opium, Performing at All Shook Up 20 August

With our next show just around the corner we thought you might like to meet the performers! Beginning with the most decedent Odelia Opium…  Odelia Opium is intoxicating! Addictive! And those who have been regulars at our shows across the years will recall her appearances at our Clwb Kaboom! and Dangerous Dames shows. As it […]

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 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 […]

History Of The Stocking

Stockings! They’re our favourite legwear – and an iconic essential of pin up art and burlesque performance, so we thought it would be a fine idea to write about the history of the stocking… Early Origins The origins of foot covering probably come from cavemen who lived in cold climates, where skins would have been tied […]