We’ve long worked with homegrown showgirl star Amber Topaz burlesque both in the Burlexe show and for various private performances. Here’s her story…
Amber Topaz Burlesque
Burlesque CV: Performed in 15 countries, 14 Italian towns and cities, over 90 UK towns and cities, nominated for two London Cabaret Awards 2011 Best Burlesque and Best One of Show Sauce. Shortlisted for a London Cabaret Award 2012 Best Burlesque.
Headline act An Evening of Burlesque National Theatre Tour May 2010 to April 2013 including the Indigo O2. Headline act Showzam Burlesque Ball 2012 Tower Ballroom Blackpool. Istanbul Chill Out Festival, Turkey 2012 Italian band Montefiori Cocktail
Kaliningrad Jazz Festival, Russia with Italian band Montefiori Cocktail. Launched the Citron Pinko Car in Rome 2008. Competed and represented Britain in Miss Exotic World, Burlesque Hall of Fame 2008. Competed in Miss Exotic World, Burlesque Hall of Fame 2007 for Best Debut. Headlined the Micca Club Burlesque Festival 2007-2009 Rome. First artist ever to perform burlesque in Morocco.
Photographed by David Bailey for Nokia. Filmed in Paris for French drama The Pigalle. Appeared on Heston Blumenthal’s Gothic Horror Feast. Published singer-songwriter with ‘Purrfect Tease’ with EMI Italy co-written with Montefiori Cocktail. Amongst numerous private events and public shows in London as a guest and producer in venues such as Volupté.
Burlesque highlight? Launching Sir Terence Conran’s Hotel. The Boundary. There was no stage so I was wheeled in on a service trolley by two waiters! It was hilarious. As a result two years later I Performed at Sir Terence Conran’s 80th birthday party as a present from his wife Lady Conran, guests included Mary Quant & Michael Winner. Performing in the Blackpool tower ballroom is always magical. I have been blessed to tread the boards there three times.
How/Why did you get into burlesque? I was a pin-up model for Neil Kendall and he suggested I do burlesque. I only did it for a giggle as it was all still very underground here when I started. I started getting regular work almost immediately. So just went with the flow. Enjoying the lack of restrictions in comparison to traditional theatre.
What’s your Burlexe story? I performed at the Elton John Aids Foundation event hosted by Alan Carr.
Nobody knows that burlesque is… my comfort-zone, my fluffy mules (or do they?), amongst many other things. Many people know by now burlesque is inclusive, no matter size or shape. It is a celebration of woman shining out, being self-expressed whether through dance, comedy, song, circus or glamour. Sometimes all!
Find out more about Amber Topaz burlesque dancing and her one woman show Storm in a D Cup: The Explosion of a Burlesque Supernova. Watch our answer to: what is burlesque?