Friday, 13 May 2016

Glitterin' Dramaturgy: Tom Harlow @ Southside Fringe

What was the inspiration for this performance?

Glitter and Grind Revue is inspired by golden era cabaret and Burlesque shows. We wanted a mixture of Burlesque and variety along with comedy, skill based performers as well as highly trained dancers and striptease artists.

How did you go about gathering the line up for it?

Myself and Kim both have been performing in Scotland a fair while now so we wanted to have the best Scotland has to offer along with one out of towner as our headliner. Scotland has alot of high calibre cabaret acts and we also know alot of these people personally and as close friends so we found it easy to book for this show.

How did you become interested in cabaret and burlesque?

I have always been a performer at heart from a very young age. I originally trained a singer, mainly doing classical and musical theatre. Then I trained in musical theatre and that's when I ended up in burlesque and cabaret surprisingly enough. I auditioned for Club Noir in 2010 and I won the audition. The prize was to perform at the O2 Academy in Glasgow to over 1000 people on Dec 4th 2010. Before that I had a huge love of musical and golden Hollywood cinema so that was my only knowledge of Burlesque and vaudeville but I had also a love affair with the 20s through to the 50s aswell. So maybe it was fate I've ended up where I am, who knows.

Was your process typical of the way that you make a performance?

I'm music led usually but I am also inspired by many other different types of stimulus. I have different interest that inspire me diary but mainly for my burlesque acts I am inspired by the women of the golden era of Burlesque. These strong independent women who forged career and exciting paths all while looking glamourous and unapologetically fabulous.

What do you hope that the audience will experience?

We are hoping the audience will be entertained first and foremost but also see what  a range of variety and high class acts Scotland has your offer as well as the UK. We want them to leave their troubles outside, turn off the phone and live in the glittery moment with us and create some great memories of a night out that won't be forgotten.

What strategies did you consider towards shaping this audience experience?

We took into consideration the shows we have worked on before separately as well as what we've experience as audience members and as performers. Myself and Kim have both performed at many different shows and we can easily see what works and what doesn't from that.

Do you see your work within any particular tradition?

I see what we are trying to recreate as paying homage to the good old fashioned cabaret of a by gone era. We have songs, dance, comedy, variety and striptease with added doses of camp, fun and glitter. Myself and Kim both have a passion for the traditional golden era burlesque and cabaret so we hope that shows.


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Cabaret's most glamourous yet odd couple with be soothing your soul with their sweet melodies. Leggy and Charlie are the UK's most loved duo and always add a little sparkle and twinkle to the night that will surely have you singing along all night. 

Cabaret's one woman weimar wonder with a tongue as sharp as her saw and more sass than Mae West could have ever hoped for. She will have you swoon then gasp and finally leave you begging for more. 

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