Tuesday, 7 April 2015

# 28 - Smashing Preconceptions And The Fourth Wall With The Phenomenon That Is Lolo Brow

Rosie experiences the phenomenon of Lolo Brow. Conversation includes exciting noises as well as some of these topics: Not Exactly Academic; No One Else But Me; Young Typecasting; The Search for Maureen; Balloon Pop Beginnings; Addictive Performance; Mentored by Laurie Hagen; Backstage Etiquette; Burlesque Olympics; Nigella the Gateway; Giving the Audience Control; DERANGIUM!; Producers that Take the Piss; Performance, Worth and Interaction; Games and METAGAMES; Drag, Gender and The Best Cat Ever; Lizard Lolo and Scary Politics; Club Work, Club Hours, Negotiating the Lifestyle; Dating and Disasters; Profile Experiment; Bombarded with Shit; OkCupid is Ok!; Poly Party; Brilliant Nibbles; Paint With All The Colours of the Gin; Easier to Hate than Change.

About Lolo

Lolo Brow is an Awarding winning Neo-Burlesque artist, sideshow performer, sparkly drag King and Lizard Lady. With skills ranging from Classical dance to lying on a bed of nails, right through to butchery, Lolo is more than well equipped to Lower the Tone of any evening.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CabaretDerangium
Twitter: www.twitter.com/lolobrow
Derangium: www.cabaretderangium.com


Friday, 6 March 2015

#27 - Paul L Martin Returns for The London Cabaret Awards

It's awards season! Rosie gets all the juicy gossip from the man behind it all, Paul L Martin... discussion topics this week are: Leaving the Barge, Sticking With Performance; Madame Jojo's (RIP); Going Up Against Big Money; Tiers of Cabaret; Where's the Middle Gone?; Performance Persona Development; Getting Rid of the Script; Panto!; AWARDS!; The Journey of the Ceremony; The Oscars; Raising the Bar; No Apologies, Not Perfect; Panel Selection; Hard Decisions; Transparency and Feedback; People *do* Care!; We Want Your Feedback; When Judges Are Selected; Odd Choices; Biggest Doofus Award; Songbook VS Cabaret; The Explosion of Drag; LCA Tickets - Increasing Accessibility; The People Who Should Be There Can Afford It; Cabaret Convention.

About Paul:
Paul L Martin is the director of entertainment agency Excess All Areas and founder of the London Cabaret Awards.  An award-winning performer in his own right, he has worked in the industry for over 20 years as an actor, singer, producer, promoter and agent.  He has appeared as a TV talent show judge on Sky TV and created the role of Philip Salon for the Boy George musical TABOO.   Paul has shared stages with Matt Lucas, Elton John, Dame Edna, Cleo Laine and Sheryl Crow.  He teaches regularly on the art of cabaret - most noticeably with the Singers’ Cabaret Workshop  - as well as in drama schools across the country.  Paul has also written many articles and contributed to reference books on the art of cabaret.  In Time Out’s 40th birthday edition Paul was recognised for ‘his unwavering dedication to our musical and cabaret scene’; In 2006 The Stage called him ‘A King of Cabaret’ and in 2012 he was awarded the ‘Best Producer – Cabaret’ award by fringereport. There is practically nothing Paul doesn't do, and quite frankly I have no idea how he ever sleeps.

Website: www.paullmartin.com
Twitter: @PaulLMartinsays
Tickets to all the shows: http://www.paullmartin.com/tickets.htm
Excess All Areas: http://www.excessallareas.co.uk/
London Cabaret Awards: http://www.londoncabaretawards.co.uk/


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

#26 - Comedy's Power Couple: Laurence Owen and Lindsday Sharman (part 2)

Laurence Owen and Lindsay Sharman

Laurence and Lindsay return to talk about: Eyebrow Choreography; Intense Focus and Stupid Hecklers; People's Front of Cabaret vs Cabaret People's Front; Allowed to Call Yourself a Professional; Dead Inside - Broken by Comedy; Richard Herring is Super Nice; Nice People Get Ahead; Become The Thing You Say You Are; Mentally Buoyant; Crying Week; How to Work an Edinburgh Audience; Lube Your Audience Up; Would You Rather?; The Big Question; Comedy Sexy or Actual Sexy; And My Head Fell Off; Questioning Your Life Choices; Fighting for Approval and Gender Disparity; Storming Offstage and Doing the Right Thing; First Ever Gig and Musical Comedy Awards; Books and Albums.

About Lindsay

Website http://www.lindsaysharman.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lindsay.sharman
Twitter https://twitter.com/lindsaysharman

Book http://www.lindsaysharman.com/#!buy-my-book/c341

About Laurence

2014 Musical Comedy Awards finalist Laurence Owen has been a staple of the comedy and cabaret circuits since early 2012.

Backed either by his trademark shrunken guitar or a canned cinematic orchestra, Laurence's musical style is unusually dramatic and far-reaching for a comedy act, and is packed with melodramatic storytelling, spiky observations and meticulous attention to detail.
Laurence made his solo debut at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 with his hour-long show, Lullabies Of Pervland. He is currently working on his second show, Cinemusical, which will debut in 2015.
Aside from comedy, he is also an award-winning film and theatre composer. Visit his composer website, www.laurenceowen.co.uk for details.
Website http://www.mrlaurenceowen.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mrlaurenceowen
Twitter https://twitter.com/laurenceowen
Album http://mrlaurenceowen.bandcamp.com/


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

#25 - Comedy's Power Couple: Lindsay Sharman and Laurence Owen (Part 1)

Laurence Owen (Photo: Luke Capasso) and Lindsay Sharman

Double the fun as Rosie has the extreme pleasure of chatting with Laurence and Lindsay about ALL THE THINGS: Auditions; Childhood Stardom; Costume Dramas; Practice When You Have No Life; Anti-University Acting Career; Music Hall for Aggressive Old People; Performance Keeps You Sane; 1927 Theatre Company Hiring for Niceness; Amanda Fucking Palmer; Music Scene Rage and Fragile Men; Tangents; Funny Dinner Time; Compering Tips; Mime-ning?; The Plagiarism Office; Cambridge Shakespeare Festival; Getting Proper Jobs; Don't Spend It All At Once; Circle of Drinking; Definitely a Thing; Edinburgh Fringe Titanic Experience; The End of Speed Relationship; Invisible Sweet Venues; Drunken Edinburgh Pouncing; Really Good Chip Shop; Lindsay Puppet Master Extraordinaire; Emotional Stripping; Similar Career Paths; Cross-Genre Skills; Confidence In Shtick; Glitzy Land; Absurd Dick Jokes; Too Laid Back... stay tuned for Part 2!

About Laurence

2014 Musical Comedy Awards finalist Laurence Owen has been a staple of the comedy and cabaret circuits since early 2012.

Backed either by his trademark shrunken guitar or a canned cinematic orchestra, Laurence's musical style is unusually dramatic and far-reaching for a comedy act, and is packed with melodramatic storytelling, spiky observations and meticulous attention to detail.
Laurence made his solo debut at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 with his hour-long show, Lullabies Of Pervland. He is currently working on his second show, Cinemusical, which will debut in 2015.
Aside from comedy, he is also an award-winning film and theatre composer. Visit his composer website, www.laurenceowen.co.uk for details.
Website http://www.mrlaurenceowen.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mrlaurenceowen
Twitter https://twitter.com/laurenceowen
Album http://mrlaurenceowen.bandcamp.com/

About Lindsay

Website http://www.lindsaysharman.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lindsay.sharman
Twitter https://twitter.com/lindsaysharman
Book http://www.lindsaysharman.com/#!buy-my-book/c341


Saturday, 7 February 2015

#24 - Glorious Hooray Cabaret Havoc with Victoria Kember and Verity Lewis

Verity Lewis and Victoria Kember

Rosie gets a dose of double trouble with the fabulous Verity and Victoria. They chat about: Different Backgrounds; Door Woman in Disguise; Finding The One; Party and a Show; Cabaret Family; Comedians Understanding Burlesque and Vice Versa; Complimentary Art Forms; Resident Performers; Boobs Falling Out; Cavendish Arms Again!; Little Mistress Shows; ALL the Glitter; Getting the Funny Character; Performance Art (Spaced Reference); Dark Burlesque; Food-Related Weirdness; Car Boot Cabaret; Self-Promotion; Where Do You Go?; Back At School; Pure Determination; Enjoying Organisation; Exes Swap Shop; Shit Raffles; No Pregnancy Tests, No Pubes; January Crying; Women in Comedy - What Does Equality Look Like?; Never Get Your Tits Out; Tiring to Talk About It; Stepping Into The Male Dominated Space; Admitting We Have Some Privileges; Hobbyist Burlesque Experiences; Nice Surprises, Nice Scene; Opportunities Through Hobbies; It's Never Been Done Before; Just Do A Role; Bras Don't Play Nice; Willy Wonka's Scotch Eggs; Twitter and Facebook!

About Verity and Victoria

Hooray Cabaret is a fabulous and irreverent show held at one of London's quirkiest venues, Paper Dress Vintage in Shoreditch. Co-producer and host Victoria Kember studied Alternative Theatre at University, then joined a theatre company 'Ovaplay' before taking her debut show 'Where Have All The Ladies Gone?' to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010, about which the critics said:

"This is a rare gem, a miniature tour de force"
"Her hilarious satire of current class-based attitudes and prejudices, beautifully complemented by an engaging physical performance, struck just the right note"
"She exploited her powerful stage presence and sexual magnetism with an intelligence and sophistication that the preceding act entirely lacked"

Victoria is now heavily involved in the comedy scene, performing stand-up and hosting cabaret as well as creating bespoke burlesque and comedy events around the capital with VV Events.

In 2013, Victoria joined forced with cabaret regular and sometime burlesque performer Verity Lewis. A graduate of Little Lady Luscious, Verity has performed and stage managed as VeeVee Semillon at many of London’s most prominent cabaret venues. Both dressed as men when they first met, it was three months before Victoria and Verity really knew what the other looked like. But somehow they knew it would be the start of something beautiful and in the past 18 months, Hooray Cabaret and VV Events have become just that.

With a different theme each month, Hooray brings you the best in new comedy, burlesque and musical talent. In recent months Hooray has taken us to the circus, the summer festival and the B-movies, got married and spent Christmas at Nana's. In 2014 alone, their stage was graced by The Independent and Guardian's 'one to watch', comedian Dane Baptiste, critically-acclaimed cabaret artist Frank Sanazi and BBC Radio New Comedy finalist Tom Ward, as well as Burlesque Idol 2014 winner, Pearl Grey and runner-up, Good Ness Gracious. The next show on 26th February will bring you the anti-Valentine's exes swap-shop. See their Facebook page for more.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/QueenOfArtsCabaret
Twitter: twitter.com/hooraycabaret


Friday, 30 January 2015

#23 - Thai Beginnings to Happy Endings with Lilly SnatchDragon

This week, Rosie and Lilly discuss the very important topic of how to get a UK Passport, as well as: Thai Lady; Best Weight Loss; Eco-Friendly Washing Machines; Pride and Prejudice; The Three Aspects of Lilly; Attention Grabbing Hooker; World Theatre Vs. Acting; Creative Geniuses and Roleplay Games; Forgetting Stage Combat is Pretend Fighting; Chinese Water Sleeves; Jack of All Trades; Did He SAY That?!; Eyes Wide Open; Total Life Turn Around; Surprise Prejudice; Western Stereotypical Views of East Asian Women; Racism Actually Happens; Being From Everywhere; England is COLD; Interesting Interpretation of Finders Keepers; Saving Up for Burlesque; Burlesque with Traditional Art Forms; What Do You Find Offensive Onstage; Rubyyy and Cairo Co-Opt Lilly; Limitations We Place On Ourselves; Body Image; Friends Feeding Confidence; Not In the Memo; English Breakfast; Baked Bean Phobia; Kittening; Creating a Character; Calling Out Racists; Lilly is Filthy; How Far Can I Push It; Drag as Abstract; SM to Compere; No Longer a SideKick; Lilly Lab!; Kudos for Comperes; Loads of Exciting Stuff Happening; Stage Euphoria; Bad is Not Bad; See Lilly Live!

Saturday, 17 January 2015

#22 - Peeking Behind the Sparkly Mask of Marcus Reeves

This week, Rosie and Marcus find out surprising connections and have a good old chat all about: Jack of All Trades; Shiny Distractions; YouTube And the Rise of the Digital Artist; Immediate Feedback and Global Reach; Internet Arguments and Trends; Staying or Leaving Facebook; Personal Page VS Persona Page; YouTube and Creative Content; Filming Live Experiences; Invasive Photography; Rant Detour!; Arty Childhood; Textiles and Acting; The Brillo Pad of Drama School; Music Obsession Not Helping Going to Art School; Sister Wendy the Musical; Sick of Nuns; How Do You Fit In Cabaret; Southbank Centre Unlocks a Block; Shouting into a Void; Depression and Mental Health; See it Through; Making a Music Video; Advice on Motivations; Editing takes AGES; You’re Always DOING Something!; Holiday Guilt; Freelancer Lifestyle VS Mortgages Cats and Babies Syndrome; Youtube Channel like a TV Channel; Content is King; Let’s Talk about Sexxx With Rubyyy Jones!; The Internet is Amazing; Jealousy is Not About You; Give Yourself the Permission; There is Nothing to Stop You Doing It; Artistic Life Comes Full Circle; Walking Out with No Bow; At Least the Ceiling Was Secure; Rosie’s Brain Signs Off Early.

About Marcus Reeves
Writer and performer Marcus Reeves’ performance career spans work as an actor, stand-up comic, singer songwriter and performance poet. As part of London’s alternative cabaret scene he has performed alongside such luminaries as David Hoyle, Dickie Beau and Jonny Woo to name a few.

Through Mary King’s Voicelab, Marcus has performed at the Royal Festival Hall with Mercury Music Prize winners Elbow, jazz improvisation icon Bobby McFerrin and supported New York a capella group Naturally Seven in a choir led by UK jazz legend Ian Shaw. More recently he joined the London Gay Mens Chorus to sing on the debut EP from Fingersnap, the new project from David McAlmont and Guy Davies, sang in Our Lady J’s ‘Train-To-Kill’ gospel choir at Soho Theatre and supported Rupaul’s Drag Race star Adore Delano at The Meth Lab.

Mixing his roots as a singer songwriter with influences from musical theatre, pop, rock and dance music, Marcus has recently found his true voice with his own brand of ‘nouveau cabaret’ (as described by Vince Clarke of Erasure). With live performances, readings and screenings of his work at venues including BAC, the Cochrane Theatre, the Kings Head, the Southbank Centre and the ICA, Marcus continues to establish a firm reputation as a versatile man of words and music.

His debut solo album Quicksilver - The Masquerade Macabre is available now from the shop. He is currently developing a new song cycle The Dark Side of the World, re-working his project Postcards from God - The Sister Wendy Musical and recently launched his own YouTube chat show Behind the Mask, also available as a podcast with extra unaired material.

Monday, 12 January 2015

#21 - Clowning Around with the Loveable Kiki Lovechild

Photo by Mr Suave

This week, Rosie was thrilled to be chatting with Kiki Lovechild. Much laughter ensued, but also chat about: Furlesque; 400 Year Old Art Forms; Do Your Parents Know What You Do??; 4 Year Old Clown Commander; Performance Seeking Missile; Song to Silence; Classical Charts into Magic; Not Traditional School; Angela de Castro; Do It Properly!; Being a Performer is Being a Business; Happy Accidents are the Best; Sweaty Accidents are Better; Chance Can Give You More Ideas; Vaudeville History Holds the Key; Kiki the Writer!!; Disturbingly Positive; Street Performance; Audiences are Mysterious; Christmas Audiences are… Different…; Giants of Negativity VS Miniature Positive Incidents; Psychology Confessional; Convoluted Passages to Performance; Escapology and Children’s Parties; Balloon Model Hoover; Kiki’s Lobotomy Business; If Something Scares You, You Should Probably Do It (Maybe); Variety of Fringes; Post-Its; Free Show Outside Kiki’s House; The Worst Show Became the Best Show; How to Respond When You Make Bad Things; Living Up To Expectations; Flabby, Uninspiring Jesus; Experiencing Art Through Posters; Can You Tell If It’s Funny?; Video Your First Outing; NSFW Fan Dance Surprise; Vaudeville Factoid: Break A Leg; Very Superstitious; Idols Watching Your Failures; You Can Accept the Applause. 

About Kiki
Kiki is a multi-skilled silent clown. Based in London, UK, he has performed his unique routines around the United Kingdom and abroad. 
Over the years thousands have enjoyed his tried and tested routines, which draw upon his training and experience in a variety of skill-sets, including mime, physical theatre, puppetry, illusion, escapology and more. 
Kiki is probably best known on the UK cabaret circuit for introducing the world to Furlesque - his quirky puppet burlesque creations. These routines have made him a regular at high profile burlesque events.
A natural performer and attention seeker, Kiki had his first regular paid performance job at the age of 8, and has polished and refined his craft a little since then. He has trained in mime with celebrated physical theatre tutor Desmond Jones, clowning with the world famous Angela de Castro, puppetry with The Little Angel Theatre and circus skills at Circus Space. While all of these have proved invaluable, nothing has taught Kiki more than years and years of experimentation in front of real world audiences. 
After many years of performing short cabaret routines, in 2013 Kiki launched his first hour long solo clown show. A brief preview of the show at Madame Jojos in February met with an enthusiastic audience response, and the run of the show at Brighton Fringe attracted good audiences and 5 star reviews, followed by a successful run in Grimsby. 

Friday, 2 January 2015

#20 - Review of the Year Part Two with Holli-Mae Johnson and Franco Milazzo

Part Two of the fantastic evening with Franco and Holli, this time talking about what a critic is, does, why we need them and how we can all just get along. In detail: Why Do We Need Critcs?; What Are They Anyway?; Critic Doesn’t Mean Criticism; Judge What You See; Attaching Your Real Name to Reviews; Attitudes Changing After Writing; Separating Art from the Artist; Quality Control; Who Do We Listen To?; FringePick; On the Same Team; How To Receive Criticism; Being Honest; Not Here To Change Your Show; Don’t Interfere With the Process; Cabaret-Specific Behaviour; Write to Franco!; Cabaret Is Not a Niche; Burlesque Criticism is Very New; Financial Independence is Literary Freedom; Events of the Year; Madame Jojo’s; Royal Vauxhall Tavern’s Future; Bar Wotever; Facebook Real Name Debacle; Conchita Wurst and The Year of Drag; Draggy, Circusy Year; Panti Bliss And Her Amazing Speech; Snoop Dogg; Michael Gove Loves Chap Hop; The Bruno Story; Audience Member Really ENJOYS The Show; Being Flipped Off; Hen Party Puke; Alp Haydar is a Legend; Collective Awe; Tell the World About Greatness.

About Franco:Since 2012, Franco Milazzo has been the publisher and editor-in-chief of This Is Cabaret, the only website shortlisted for a London Cabaret Award. The Daily Beast called him "a man with an encyclopedic knowledge of the city's cabaret culture," which was kind of them. When not penning withering or enthusiastic reviews for TIC of whichever show he stayed awake through the previous night, he can be found writing music, comedy, opera, theatre and food for Londonist. This votary of cabaret enjoys good books and walks by the sea.
Website: www.thisiscabaret.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thisiscabaret
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsCabaret

About Holli:Holli-Mae Johnson is the founder and editor of 21st Century Burlesque Magazine, a pioneering publication created seven years ago to unite, document and celebrate the global burlesque community. Holli is actively involved in the burlesque community on a day to day basis and is privately consulted by performers and producers at every level for promotion, critique, recommendations and encouragement. As a documenter and critic, she has seen countless burlesque and variety performances from across the world and provides an intimate perspective and insight into the lives and careers of burlesque’s greatest pioneers, performers and personalities.Website:http://21stcenturyburlesque.com/