The burlesque history behind This is Burlexe sees how our new London burlesque shows evolved. See the inspirations and performers we put together.
Burlesque History of This is Burlexe
This Is Burlexe is a unique cabaret show in London and is a culmination and combination of two exciting immersive experiences. Burlexe and Boylexe were created by producer, writer and digital pioneer, Howard Wilmot.
Burlexe became known as the ‘Vagina Monologues of Burlesque’ with a mix of burlesque dancing, story and song. The play launched in 2011 to critical acclaim sharing the herstory of showgirls.
It subsequently spun-off Boylexe that peeked behind the curtain of boylesque. The male burlesque show featured drag, mime and striptease.
Both theatrical projects were captivating experiences that took place in infamous Soho nightspot, the Shadow Lounge. They featured a variety of performers from different disciplines.
This Is Burlexe pulls together the two plays in an oh-so pop, modern way. The variety of disciplines create a very contemporary cabaret with the UK’s finest performers.
The first show took place on Thursday, 31st March in a brand new venue, Cecil’s. This superb speakeasy is situated in the back-streets of London Bridge.
For its launch, we’re thrilled to be able to work with R&B powerhouse Kele le Roc, who has hosted both Burlexe and Boylexe. Alongside, long-term collaborators: rising drag goddess Meth and hipster boylesque performer Randolph Hott. Not forgetting, pickup artist and voguer extraordinaire Bobby Dee’vah. The show also features newer collaborations with burlesque gold Peggy De Lune (above) and actress Emma Fisher.
Other shows in the run feature former Burlexe and Boylexe collaborators, Esquire De Lune and Amber Topaz.
All This Is Burlexe shows are directed by Boylexe collaborator Pi the Mime aka. Alexander Luttley.
The costumes are created especially for the show by Caterina Schmitt from KRAKEN Studio and Tilly O’Neill of Nearer The Moon. The latter designed and produced the women’s core costumes of bras, knickers, bodysuits and gowns.
The costumes will be able to be bought here through the Burlexe website.
Watch our quick-fire burlesque history lesson as we answer: what is burlesque?