How did this unique idea of mixing stories, acting and burlesque come about, how many people and ideas have come to be this movement show ‘Burlexe’?
JH: An amazing creative director, Mr Howard.
HW: The idea was originally a cross-media type of soap opera but morphed into a theatre project when everyone liked the idea but then told me how it should be different and what I should do. I thought f*** everyone, I’m going to do it my way.
What can we expect from ‘Burlexe’ that is different to other productions in London?
JH: It’s one show which involves burlesque performers, comedy singing and great actors.
HW: It’s theatre meets burlesque meets musical meets female revue – there’s nothing to compare it with really.
How do you find the difference of communicating with people on stage, surely it’s the same process conveying a talent to engage people?
JH: I’m much better on stage. I feel a lot more confident – it brings out the best in me.
Do you think it does help to have some kind of previous performance experience, dancing, singing and acting?
JH: Of course. You can’t expect to just get on stage and wow an audience without experience.
Why do you think Burlesque is now more popular than ever?
JH: Women are always waiting to find out what the new thing is but burlesque is sexy and empowers women.
Why do you think it also has a very female friendly approach, perhaps women enjoy seeing other women who naturally comfortable in their skin?
JH: Women love watching each other, more so than men. We are amazing and interesting creatures – who wouldn’t want to watch us!?
Do you think there is a certain amount of drama involved in the performance, is it a completely different character you embody on stage or a heighten version of yourselves?
JH: For me it’s about being completely different. I change into another being.
Have you found that Burlesque has informed you fashion of clothes preferences?
JH: No!! LOL
Similarily it’s about embracing individual feminity and being a woman, has this made you more confident in how you carry yourself in day to day life?
JH: Not really!! I’m confident on stage but I’ve always been quite shy offstage.
When: Four strictly preview shows: 7pm on 1st, 15th, 22nd and 29th June
Where: The Shadow Lounge, 5-7 Brewer Street, London, W1F 0RF
How much: £20 (strictly preview price)
Online: www.burlexe.com | www.facebook.com/burlexe | www.twitter.com/burlexe