New for 2020!
"Blazing a trail: the original Bluestockings"
When I'm not speaking, I am 1/3 of cabaret trio The Bluestocking Society. We will be touring our show Secrets of the Bluestockings throughout the UK in 2020/2021. For more information please see my Performer page!
"Not all feathers and fans!" The rise and fall and rise of Burlesque
Illustrated talk - 45-60 minutes
For many centuries various forms of "burlesque" have existed in performance, literature and poetry - a "burlesque" being a form of parody, pastiche or comic imitation. This illustrated talk will show the fascinating evolution of the word "burlesque" from nineteenth century theatrical burlesque - an often gently risqué mocking of well-known "highbrow" literary works - to the famed, glittering "burlesque-striptease" stars of the 1930s - 50s - Blaze Starr, Tempest Storm, Gypsy Rose Lee amongst many others. With their magnetic charisma, incredible costumes and clever gimmicks, these iconic women are still inspiring many of the new generation of burlesque performers.
"Thank you so much Leela, just brilliant, everyone loved it"
Avalon Ladies WI