About Us

As a "Queer Feminist Burlesque Collective", we are all writers, performers, and directors. This means that our performances are as diverse as our members, with song, dance, comedy, poetry, and more besides.

Our diversity also allows us to take in a wide variety of queer feminist perspectives - we are kinky and vanilla, monogamous and polyamorous, transgender and cisgender, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, and straight. We are students, we are professionals, we are activists.

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Meet the Lashers

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Sebastienne: Founder Member

Best known on-stage for writing and performing You're the Top, and off-stage for endless energy, enthusiasm and encouragement, enabling excellence from everyone. This is all, in some oblique way, Sebastienne's fault. She's not sorry.

Annalytica: Joined November 2008

The first Lasher to join Sebastienne's crusade, Annalytica brings incisive political thought that is inexpressibly valuable to a group like ours. The songs she writes are intricate and complex, and she sings them with thoughtfulness and intensity.

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Galatea: Joined February 2009

The queen of choreography & song-writing, Ms Téa rocks behind the scenes almost as much as she does on stage. She can always get a rehearsal going with an embarrassing drama game, or lift a song from funny to fantastic with her dance ideas.

Lilka: Joined October 2009

First a fan, then a Lasher, Lilka is the perfect embodiment of "Don't Dream It, Be It". Writing and singing with a tremendous strength and power, we are all very happy that she has chosen to live the dream with us!

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Sally: Joined October 2009

Sally doesn't get a stage-name, because her stand-up persona is far too raw and honest for the burlesquey pretensions indulged in by the rest of us. She's so special that she gets her own section on the website!

Carlotta: Joined January 2010

Writes as well as she sings - check out Love Story, which always gets the audience blubbing! Carlotta is designated the "real world liaison officer" as she is the most able to cope outside our little bubble of sex & politics.

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Nigel: Joined April 2011

Lashings have a series of interchangeable Nigels. They provide secretarial support, make tea at rehearsals, and look oh-so-pretty in a pink dress for the sci-fi skits. Our current favourite is Nigel Newt.

Cleopatra: Joined December 2011

Cleopatra joined us when we were short one Dandini for our queer version of Cinderella. Her skill delivering Galatea's wine-puns made us all (beau)jealous, and now we couldn't live sans her. Cleopatra's venue-wrangling know-how makes our lives easier - and she can sing, too!

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Past Lashers

Itcia: March 2010 - August 2010

It could be said that we picked up Itcia when we happened to play at her uni's Ladyfest.. but it would be more honest to put our hands up and admit that she was at school with Sebastienne.

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Silvestre: June 2010 - April 2011

Described by a reviewer as 'Bambi-does-Ru-Paul' for his portrayal of Angel in RENT, we actually first saw him as Dr Frank N Furter.. all-charisma, all the time.

Florestan:March 2010 - July 2012

Florestan chanced upon the lashers at a cabaret and lept on them as soon as they finished their final number. Almost swallowing her moustache in excitement, she quite rightly suggested that we might have use for a female baritone with an ability to harmonise absolutely anything.

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Dr. Carmilla: May 2010 - July 2011

We don't really understand how an immortal dieselpunk rock-star became Lashings' technical goddess. But we're so, so glad that she did. Dr. Carmilla has now returned to an alternate universe.

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