They say as you get older, time goes quickly, we jeez Louise, didn’t 2011 go past in a freaking flash.
Here are some great memories from 2011
Steamboat Bordello Royal Wedding Party
Organised by the same great team behind Boom Boom, La Reve and Bete Noir I always love performing at their events and this was perhaps my ultimate Royal Wedding show. Plus as you get on the boat at 4, by the time the Steamer docks at 10:30 you feel like you’ve had a cracking night out you can be in bed by midnight. (I love getting up early, I’m a lame showgirl)
London Burlesque Festival
My Kate Middleton parody show continued at this year’s London Burlesque Festival. This was my 4th year as Secret’s in Lace’s UK spokesmodel and its always fun to host the fashion show (If a little daunting) It’s odd to think I’d rather take all my clothes off on stage than speak into a mic. But that I did, well dressed in lingerie, so not precisely out of my comfort zone. Lot’s of leopard print designs this year so all the showgirl models were thrilled with their looks. You can see a great video of all of this years Secrets in Lace models here
The film Director Phil Sansom and I have been friends for years and I’ve been lucky enough to be cast in some of his videos. The 60s styled The Enemy video being one of my favourites. We collaborated on two great projects this year. One was a photoshoot in Norfolk in June. We found a great forest that kind of reminded us of the USA and we managed to just grab the last few minutes of the ‘golden hour’ light. It was nice to do something a bit more ‘fashiony’ and not cheesecake. See more of Phil’s great work at www.phixfilm.com
The second was a promo video for the amazing clubnight My Secret Disco. Which involved Cherry Shakewell, Rupert who runs MSD and I running round Abney Cemetery in Stoke Newington. I got pretty attached to my fangs!
In May I went to Paris to shoot for the Be Burlesque book. It was lovely to be asked to be part of such a project which features some of my favourite fellow dancers such as Lada Redstar, Millicent Binks and Lala Morte.
Then 2011 finally saw the release of The Domestic Burlesque by Elsa Quarsell. I actually posed for Elsa way back in 2008 and she went on to photograph dancers all across the world and my lovely friend Laurie Hagen is on the cover.
It was a good year for my Cabaret production Studio 64 as we returned for a Prince themed mammoth 6 week run at the Brickhouse and a run at the Phoenix Club in Vienna. It was great to work with Petra Storrs and Rachel Friere on the costumes too. They really took my ideas and ran with it into something I didn’t expect. My obsession with pyrotechnics continued too with the invention of what we affectionately nicknamed the ‘Crotch Rocket’
We then took it on the road for our annual Cabaret at Winterwell Festival and we brought Sara Louise Young, and Annette Betty along for the ride.
Festival escapades also continued at Beach Break Live with Bearded Kitten and at Camp Bestival where I performed in a child free 1am slot at Silent Disco for Rob da Bank. An odd experience performing with headphones…
Next up was my first proper run at the Edinburgh Fringe. I did one night up there in 2007 when I guested in my friend Reggie Watts’s show. I was thrilled when dancer Gypsy Wood and comedian Asher Treleaven asked me to join their brilliant show Comic Strip, a potent mix of comedians and striptease.
I also joined Frank Sanazi’s Comedy Blitzkrieg as his loving daughter ‘Nancy Sanazi’ with a comedy rendition of ‘These Jack Boots are made for Walking’. I’m afraid I took to singing with whip and screaming in unsuspecting patrons faces rather well.
I also popped into Miss Behave’s The Mess for a night, what fun that was.
Here’s me full of life (and cava) on my final night in Edinburgh for Comic Strip
Cheating With You
My favourite promo shoot of the year was The Correspondents ‘Cheating WIth You’. Ian and Tim of The Correspondents are so much fun to watch on stage, they have a travel-a-tor people. I met them when I was performing at the infamous Red Death lates at the BAC and we have been firm friends ever since. So I was chuffed to bits when they asked me to be in their new promo which definitely to floats my DnB roots!
New Orleans Burlesque Festival
I made my US festival debut in New Orleans this year. New Orleans is incredible drifting through the French Quarter to with Jazz weaving through the warm air was exactly how I dreamt.
I was also at the festival to represent Secrets in Lace, so it was great time to catch up with founder Dan Whitsett and we even got up at 4am to do Good Morning New Orleans. Please excuse the bad inneundo below- I had only had 4 hours sleep!
To meet legends such as Bambi Jones
and Rita Alexander and to chat to them about the old days was incredible. Here’s an amazing clip of Rita in full B-movie glory from the 60s.
I also got to hang out with my old buddies Bettina May and Vincent Drambuie. They were sweet enough to book me when I first started out so it was wonderful to see them again.
2011 will also see me go on my first tour of Australia.
I will be joining Comic Strip at the Adelaide Fringe Festival with the wonderful Gypsy Wood and Asher Treleaven. Take a look here for booking details and interview.
10th-13th Feb Melbourne
13th-Feb- 19th March Comic Strip at Adelaide Fringe
19th-26th March Sydney
27th- March- 22nd April Melbourne Comedy Festival
22nd April-1st May TBC
1st May Return to UK
I’ll be taking my brand new musical cowbell comedy number ‘Eidelweiss’ too which should be making an appearance at The Box before I depart for Oz. This show has been such a long time in the making, I even got Jonathan Biekerdike who made my robotic bra to make me an extra special squirting milk rigg. I’ll try and get some footage and pics up soon.
Here’s to a wonderful 2012 cabaret friends.
Agent L x