National Burlesque Awards
About the Awards
The National Burlesque AwardsIce Crystal Productions and Velvet Box Office present the first annual National Burlesque Awards hosted by The Pioneers of Slapdash Magic - Griffin and Jones!
The National Burlesque Awards will take place on Friday 14th September 2018 at 7.30pm at the Shaw Theatre
Applications are invited from performers who wish to enter one of the four potential categories, Classic Burlesque, Comedy Burlesque, Props and/or Boylesque.
Prizes will be awarded to the best performer in each category. The winner of each category will be decided by a combination of judges scores and audience vote. The Judges will award points based on the judging criteria outlined in the rules and the performers will then be ranked in order of score. Once the audience has voted online the total scores will be combined and the winner determined.
- All competitors receive valuable feedback from the judges
- All competitors will receive professional video footage of their performance
The Winner of each category will receive
- £100 Cash
- Other goodies to be revealed in due course
Wayne Sleep OBE
Wayne Sleep is the most celebrated male British ballet dancer, he is also director, choreographer and actor. Wayne has appeared on television as a dancer, guest and celebrity, on shows including I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Celebrity Come Dine with Me, four Royal Variety performances and most recently Celebrity Big Brother. Wayne was appointed OBE in 1998 and is well known for his charitable work, being an Ambassador for Prostate Cancer UK, as well as supporting The Terence Higgins Trust and other charities.
As Seen on BBC1's All Together Now
The Grand Duchess of Cabaret
Step inside and settle in with friends of old! Enchanted by her very presence, audiences the length and breadth of the globe have succumb to the exuberant glamour of the UK’s most high profile Burlesque Chanteuse and Hostess. After securing a place on Team Will-I-Am on BBC The Voice UK Season 3, Kiki went on in the show to battle the incredible James Byron with the track Because the Night by Patti Smith, with an arrangement by Kiki and the Musical Director, David Tench. Her inimitable style and charisma saw her adopted by the contestants as “Mama Keeks” and left Will-I-Am in tears when he had to send her home. Since then, she has made a splash in the vintage and Burlesque world securing sponsorships from Besame Cosmetics and show runs at the world famous Madame Jojo’s in Soho. Be not bedazzled by her glittering smile, or captivated by her comedic timing, yes, a woman of large ‘talents’ she may be, but don’t let them detract from the incredible voice that lies beneath. Australian born Miss Kiki DeVille attributes her flawless and polished performances to over 25 years of professional international music industry experience.
Paul L Martin (Paulus)
As Seen on BBC1's All Together Now
Best know as the hard-to-impress Judge on BBC One’s ‘All Together Now’, PAULUS is also a singer, comic and host with over 25 years’ experience. For ten years he ran a successful talent agency and produced cabaret and burlesque shows for even longer as well as being a sought after performer in his own right. PAULUS AKA Paul L Martin created the London Cabaret Awards and, as well as his recent appearances on Saturday Night TV, has judge Burlesque Idol, Prides Got Talent, Drag Idol and was one of two judges on the 2012 SKY TV Show ‘Bigger Than…
'The Gypsy Rose Lee of our times' Independent on Sunday
Gwendoline Lamour was at the vanguard of the UK burlesque revival. Between 2002 and 2014 she designed, costumed, choreographed and performed high production-value burlesque performance worldwide in diverse settings, spaces and stage configurations. Signature props including an eight-foot crystal high-heeled shoe and an 18th century style swing on which Gwendoline enacted an interpretation of Fragonard’s 1767 painting The Swing. Gwendoline also ran a revue night in London A Night of Lamour from 2005-2010. She is a qualified teacher and has taught burlesque for over ten years.