Last night I attended the final Crazy Diamond Burlesque Show for the year and what a cracker it was, with not only superb local talent but some fabulously inspirational national acts as well.
Mumpty loves seeing acts she’s never seen before and tonight was a goodie for that, with Volumptuous Twinkle, Anglebert Humpermink, The Pixie & The Goth and of course, the debut act from Obsidian (a debut which Simon Cowell in particular, had been looking forward to apparently!)
Crazy Diamond is the production company of Glamilton’s glamorous duo, Miss Bettsy Rose Lee ~ Burlesque Diva and Miss Ooh La La Paree – Chic, Unique & Magnifique, ably assisted by Azure D’Murre. These fabulous ladies love to showcase New Zealand’s burlesque talent, but also to mix it up with some non-burlesque talent and plenty of debut acts as well, which makes for a guaranteed good night.
(All photographs taken by burlesque photographer extraordinaire, David Rowe of David Rowe Photography.)
Let the show begin …
Setting the scene was the utterly fabulous Honey Suckle – I have never seen Honey Suckle perform before and what struck me straight away was her absolute confidence onstage – she OWNED that stage and I suspect she might have even been born there! Honey Suckle was the winner of the international scholarship at the recent NZ Burlesque Festival and I can see why. She was so inspiring to watch; fabulous facials and girl has the mooooves!
Obsidian’s debut performance was next. Now if you don’t know Obsidian, he is very modest, and he shyly told us all out the back that his debut performance had been described as “The most highly anticipated debut performance in modern times” (Simon Cowell) and “a must-see event that will truly enrich your life” (Dalai Lama) – amongst other things! I am pleased to say, it was VERY entertaining – Obsidian did a wonderful job strutting his stuff and another man/boylesquer is always welcome on the scene! Well done Obsidian – Mumpty looks forward to seeing many more performances. Just imagine how you will be when you come out of your shell!!!
Miss Ooh La La Paree is a seasoned performer and never fails to give it her all, meaning the audience can always be assured of a treat when she sashays onto the stage. This time was no exception, but what really knocked Mumpty’s socks off was her costume! Un-freakin-believable! It really and truly was a visual spectacular from start to finish – that cape. Ooooooh! This costume has been almost three years in the making I believe and Miss Ooh La La has been working closely with the incredibly talented Judy Dee of CurvyCouture to bring it to it’s glorious final state. As Honey Suckle said backstage, however, “a burlesque costume is never finished” and Judy has a few alterations in mind – but honestly – WOW doesn’t even BEGIN to describe it! The beautiful gloves were bedazzled by the fabulous Holly Dai who was recently in New Zealand performing at the NZ Burlesque Festival.
Talented local duo The Goth & The Pixie were next up. Young, gorgeous, kooky and hauntingly good, they performed two pieces (the first one I kinda missed unfortunately as I was out the back) – the second was a cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” and I could have listened all night. I really enjoy these interludes – they provide a nice foil for the burlesque acts.
Hailing from Wellington, Volumptous Twinkle was another act that was new-to-Mumpty – bawdy and hilarious, Volumptuous Twinkle was an absolute star. I LOVED her (very wicked) costume (which I got the opportunity to see up-close backstage) and I could tell from the audience’s laughter, so did they!
Mumpty loves a bit of burlesque comedy, and Ms Tittle Tattle’s “Mek us a brew” was funny, innovative and clever. Most of the other acts I’ve seen Ms Tittle Tattle perform are classic and sultry, so it was awesome to see her draw yet another weapon in her performance arsenal! Love Ms Tittle Tattle – she’s sassy, sexy and now funny as well!
Act two kicked off with the glorious Honey Suckle’s second act – this time performing her much-anticipated “Magic Bunny.” Prop placement caused a bit of consternation out back for the stage kittens and me, but the stage kittens were absolutely wonderful and got everything set just perfectly so Honey Suckle’s act went like clockwork. It was an amazing act full of energy, vibrancy and again – she just exuded confidence on stage. Honey Suckle is THE.BOMB.DIGGITY! Also – act one; started with an apple; act two – a carrot. Go figure. And … an imaginative use of balloons by Honey Suckle!
I’ve seen Miss Ooh La La perform this act before and I love it every time! It really showcases her comic sense of timing and the incredible facials she makes crack me up every time. And those pasties (“Bad” and “Girl”) are a delight!
Glamilton burlesquer, Miss Mollie Tov, shimmied her way onto the stage through the audience, where she proceeded to bombard it with glitter! Glitter, fans and a bit of “Sway” never goes astray right?!
Back to her sassy, sexy best with this one … Ms Tittle Tattle had the audience spellbound with her cheeky teasing and superb tassel-twirling – no wonder she won the Biggest Tease award at The Grand Tease recently! Her costume was beautiful and she looked incredible – big ups to you Ms Tittle Tattle!
All good things have to end, and drawing the show to it’s magnificent close was the hilarious, and ever-so-sexy Anglebert Humpermink. Profusely hairy and delightfully portly, Angelbert could only be described as sex-on-a-stick – an absolute sidesplittingly funny, joy to watch!
A final mention now to the wonderful, wonderful MC for the evening – Fiasco Belle. I loved the way she pulled the show together with wit, charm, some tragic (but funny!) jokes and her own engaging character. Fiasco – you were truly brilliant and I hope to see A LOT more of you in the MC role in future.
Big thanks also to our brilliant stage kittens Aly Cat and Miss Scarlett Soiree, who did their jobs sooo well and kept everything humming onstage. I feel like the importance of the role of stage kitten is underestimated sometimes and these girls rocked it.
And now for some backstage antics:
And last but not least … Mumpty – on her way to stage-manage the last Crazy Diamond show for 2015. I couldn’t find any good pics so I tried to do something vaguely interesting with this one! Do.not.look.at.the.wonky.lipstick.
Shakin’ and shimmyin’ …