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Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Guest blogger Lena talks Soho, Dr Who and Twutting.

Ahoy sailors

Can’t get rid of me, eh? I’ve been a wandering – and last Wednesday night I shored in bonny ol’ Soho. Ahh Soho, so vibrant! Home to my favourite peep show and a wonderful Patisserie which Ashley and I rather enjoy frequenting.. But I digress.

Ashley and I just about to enter a patisserie..possibly.

I was in town to be part of a show called Cabaret Roulette. It’s a themed variety night with a difference… twist being that the theme is released only two months before the show and each performer must create a brand new act especially for the night! I’d heard about it but thought it to be out of my reach – I wouldn’t dare try and create a plausible act in such a short space of time! But then the next theme was announced : It was Dr Who..AH MA GAAD!

Bubbling excitement at the notification. I was there already. Before I’d applied I was there! With most of Sylvester McCoy’s costume waiting patiently in the wardrobe (Thanks to el husbando), I knew it’d simply have to be a strip tribute to the 7th Doctor. YES! So I got to it. Utilising that iconic question mark brolly, my friend Polly Goes Boom and I got to working on a little dance routine to Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ and a dubstep cover of the Dr Who theme. Pip pip! I dinted a nice big hole in Polly’s wall swinging the umbrella  around, so we migrated to a nearby tennis court for rehearsing.. Sorry Boom! 

On stage in 7th Doctor garb!

It hadn’t occurred to me before the night how it would feel – I generally try and debut acts at quieter shows for me own sake, but Madame Jojo’s was Ramajammed with expectant Sci-fi fans! Bleurgh (nerve juice). There were other acts too, all great. My new favourite songstress Anna Lou sang an original ditty about a naughty time travelling adventure :

Anna Lou and her squeeze box

And Ava Iscariot who painted her entire body grey to become a terrifying weeping angel! Don’t Blink!

Ava Iscariot - ARGH!

Also performing : A mind reader with physic paper, a ballet dancing TARDIS, and a juggling, disco dancing dalek..!
Pandemonium between acts. Miss Cairo delicately models a Colgate box (look closely..) 
And check out Gemma's dalek dress! Complete with light up boob-plungers!

A brilliant show – the audience all aware that this is new material and fully supporting each performer, what an atmosphere! A lovely surprise seeing my Rubyyy Jones in the audience (she is like the cutest, naughtiest real life cartoon character) who was doing a  ‘live tweeting’ experiment during the show.. now I’m not on twitter myself so I do wonder what she twet? twut? Twotted?!!

And in conclusion : What a blast! I had such fun and have decided after some favourable feedback that I’ll be keeping it the act, refining it, adding some awesome TARDIS lingerie, and having a permanent Who tribute in my repertoire . SCORE!

Until next time my friends, thanks for reading and TATTY BYE! x

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