Our First Burlexe, Burlesque Night, London 2010


In November, 2010, we held our first Burlexe show… well a showcase really, starring many of the  performers who subsequently have come to become longterm collaborators.

Burlesque Night London

Monday 22nd November 2010 saw our very first burlesque night London, the Burlexe show. It was held in Covent Garden’s INC Space. Take a look at our burlesque dancers and actresses, with our shexy cast snap.

Burlexe is a theatrical burlesque show that mixes performance, storytelling, burlesque and song. It’s the herstory of showgirls.

We celebrate the women who created the art form and continue it today by telling their stories. These burlesque monologues are then interspersed with the crème de la crème of British burlesque.

Dympna Messenger as JoTournament of Tease


Actress, Dympna Messenger performed the inspirational burlesque monologue inspired by Goodtime Mama Jojo. She’ll be bringing the ultimate British burlesque legend to life.

Goodtime Mama Jojo is known for her pro-women enthusiasm and has a fabulously established career as a burlesque teacher. The London Academy of Burlesque founder has become our burlesque guru. We can’t wait for you to hear her story.

Dympna went on to become a longterm collaborator, performing in all Burlexe productions and being part of the series of Burlexe films.

Kyrah Davis as Kiki

Tournament of TeaseAt the time, Kyrah Davis was one of the clients of Howard’s digital and social media agency, All-Leo.

She had released a couple of singles and All-Leo were involved in her promotion.

She heard about what we were doing and wanted to be involved, so came on to open the show.

She performed Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own’ and added ingenue pop star sparkle to the role of the very sparkly Kiki Kaboom.

And in a bizarre twist, Kiki Kaboom also performed at the first show (and many of the subsequent Burlexe shows). Double the Kaboom!

Chloe Ewart as …

Our leading actress, Chloe Ewart took to the stage to play roles inspired by three burlesque icons: Louise, Lillian and Tura. She shares the stories of women who struggled through controversy and performed in burlesque’s hey day.

Chloe too became a longterm collaborator, involved in our shows and films.

These burlesque monologues remember where the genre came from to see where we are now. They’re chocked full of sass, strength and history. Love it.

Fancy Chance as …

Tournament of TeaseFancy Chance was already a legendary cabaret and burlesque performer when we started working with her – she’d also won acclaim for her hilarious take on Prince (which she’s subsequently performed for us too)!

A comedienne, burlesque clown and hair hanger, Fancy Chance put her acting talents to work when she took on a twist-in-the-tail tale in the Burlexe show.

Fancy too has become a long term collaborator, involved in so many of our shows both as an actress and burlesque performer. Her comedic take on her roles is unforgettable.

Javine Hylton as Angel

Javine Hylton took to the stage in the very first Burlexe burlesque show acting, singing AND performing burlesque. She’s been rehearsing burlesque with the wonderful Jo King.

She played a role inspired by the formidable and fabulous Satan’s Angel.

Our first show also featured burlesque performers Kiki Kaboom and Coco DeVille.  It was attended by friends, interested parties, some nice folks from the world of social media and of course, the burlesqueratti. This included the godmother of burlesque in the UK, the wonderful Goodtime Mama Jojo.

In the meantime, here’s the initial cast…


(From left to right: Kiki Kaboom, Javine Hylton, Dympna Messenger, Burlexe creator Howard Wilmot, Coco DeVille, Chloe Ewart, Kyrah Davis and Fancy Chance, photographed by Liz Simon)

Watch our quick-fire answer to: what is burlesque, also featuring the inimitable Fancy Chance… 

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