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Shocktober begins with a bang!! (A Rogue Review and whatnot) [Oct. 16th, 2014|06:13 pm]

You stand waiting in the wings. Awful thoughts rush through your head every time like "if I ran away now, would it matter?", "I need another wee", "what if it all goes horribly wrong" and "I remember how Tommy Cooper died"...

And then it's your time. And out you go to stand in front of your audience. And they remind you why you are there. You love it. They love it. And the rush is so incredible it doubles the strength of your post-show gin and tonic.

I LOVE MY AUDIENCE XXX


And what a mahvellous and receptive audience I had at the Barnfield Theatre last Saturday. I could already tell by the raucous applause from the first half that when I went on at the start of the second, it was going to be good.

In the first half, and listening to the show relay from the dressing room, Cerys Nelmes had the appreciative audience on her SIDe, the burlesque from Luna L'amour, Angelique Dominique and Fantastic Ms Fanny had whoops and hollers in all the right places, GurdyBird had everyone clapping along, and The Copperfield Ensemble had a Steampunk March on the go that would have even raised the dead.

When I went out in my 'lost en route to Grandma's house' costume and Old Scratchy in my hand, they were already well warmed up and ready for a good old fashioned gruesome singalong.

So, performing to the 'little old lady at the back who'd forgotten her ear trumpet' (or the sound booth) as my many years of physical theatre training and professional choirs taught me, my audience gave me a PERFECT howling response in Favourite Things, voices louder than my own during the chorus of Daisy Daisy (I have to apologise to my husband for the bike riding quip but I was in character) and also A Mother's Lament, which is relatively new being from my most recent album.  I garnered guffaws exactly where I wanted them for Tragic Moments and when I did the Worm Song... I have never heard SO MUCH WOE WOE WOE CHORUS!! They LOVED IT!!

The rest of the second half after my set I was in a state of dizzied elation to be fair... but again from the relay I heard yet more and louder cheering for the two burly performances, awed hush and attentiveness for Marc Lobb's mind magic... and then I hid backstage and watched The Skull Kids magnificently enjoyable set while waiting for curtain call. When I went out for that the reaction of the audience was tremendous!! Thankyou so much for having me!! We totally raised the roof between us and I hope we can get it back on before we return in March next year! !

Too many superlatives? Not enough more like!

Below is the Curtain Call from Saturday's show. Our audience loved it going by the roars, cheers and participation and so did we!

The feedback afterwards from individuals who saw my set was terrific too. "Perfect comic timing, great performance, slick and professional"!! Thankyou so much. I love you all xxx


So after a rousing singalong and fantastic audience participation at the Barnfield I will be appearing at a Poetry night in Plymouth on the 21st,  a Shhh Burlesque spectacular in Bridgwater on the 24th, compering an entire show for Burlesque in the Basement in Plymouth on the 31st (A local show for local people) and a Halloween appearance in Torquay on the 1st at Club Rainbow. Hellishly exciting month.

Going to get even hotter come December when the Professor and I may well be cooking something up for the Steampunk Yule at the Phoenix again ;)

For details about all upcoming shows please go to Gig Dates on http://www.missvontrapp.com

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Are you ready for Halloween? Let's Get This Party Started!! [Sep. 25th, 2014|06:35 pm]

The Rogues Gallery Vaudeville Tour begins on 11th October 2014!!

A Variety Spectacular is coming to The Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, UK on October 11th 2014...
Tickets on sale NOW. 

STARRING:
Cerys Nelmes: Award winning comedian & compere.

Marc Lobb: Award winning magician & mentalist / mind reader.

Miss Von Trapp: Murderously Quirky Dark Cello Cabaret.

The Skull Kids: Psychedelic tunes with a dark Twist.

Angelique Dominique: Sugar, spice and everything naughty but nice!

The Copperfield Ensemble Project: Ultimate Music Hall Experience.

Luna L'Amour: 'She's a Burlesque Jekyll & Hyde'.

GurdyBird: Symphonie Shenanigans & folktronica.

Fantastic Ms Fanny: Burlesque, Boobs, Comedy & Cake!

Rags & Riches: Unique guitar and vocal duo from Exeter.

Tickets on sale NOW from the Barnfield Theatre website or via http://www.roguesgalleryvaudevilletour.com

See you there!!

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Happy Hectic Halloween!! I appear to have started already... [Sep. 23rd, 2014|05:29 pm]

The Rogues Review started off my Halloween season perfectly last Saturday as a taster for our big vaudeville review on the 11th October.

It was great fun with a very enthusiastic and appreciative audience... I thoroughly enjoyed showing off my new song (A Mothers Lament) live and cant wait for the follow up performances in The Barnfield Theatre, Exeter on the 11th October. Did I mention it was on the 11th October? In Exeter?

Here's a shot of me on the night, it wasn't as dark as the photo but I am glad I went as Miss Havisham meets Catrina lol


Now here are Posters for Upcoming Shows: please see http://www.missvontrapp.com for details and ticket links!

 

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No Alt-Fest but NEW ALBUM!! I have been busy :D [Aug. 26th, 2014|06:43 pm]
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On my week off when I should have been at Alt-Fest,  and couldn't get to the replacement Steampunk festival in Llanfyllin to play, I promised myself and my fans that I would make sure I was still productive. And I was!!

 

On Tuesday I took my daughter to the British Firework Championship. We were about 400 yards from where they were setting them off. Practically underneath... and we're rained on with bits of burnt out but still intact cordite-stinky cardboard. Think that successfully cured my phobia...

Then the following day I took her to the Moscow State Circus. I went in full Miss Von Trapp makeup and costume and she went in butterfly outfit and face paint and consumed more than her weight in candyfloss and popcorn. It was great fun...

Following which, we went on a family holiday to my parents caravan and I finished off recording my new album: "Grave Folk". I do hope you like it. I have seen some excellent reviews already :D

 

So I kept my promises. And maybe next year I will make August a gigging month again. It's the only month so far this year where I haven't had a gig. The next show is on September 20th at The Hall, Exeter and then October promises to be my busiest month yet!!

 

Hope to see you there xxxx

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Rising from the Ashes of Alt-Fest... But I am Trapped in a Caravan. [Aug. 5th, 2014|06:23 pm]
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So next weekend I was all geared up to be performing in the Steampunk Zone at Alt-Fest.  It promised to be MAGNIFICENT with 180 acts including Marilyn Manson, Fields of the Nephilim,  Pete Murphy, Gary Numan... Basically a wet dream for an old goth like me. There was going to be a Circus zone, Circus of Horrors, a children's play zone, Steampunk Zone, Goth stage, Metal stage, Industrial,  on and on and lots more...  Mostly I will miss Joe Black doing disney for children... I will have to bribe him down my way for a private show...

 

Basically it promised to be lots and lots of mahvellous fun for the best family holiday plus seeing all my friends perform in Steampunk and other stages and the best gig opportunity in the world EVER!!

 

Sadly it all went tits up at the last minute.

 

And although there have been lots of rescue festivals springing up (Full Steam Metal Racket in Llanfyllin, The Curehead's Ctrl-Alt-Fest-Delete in Kettering and FLAG's SOS in London to name a few) AND I had an opportunity to play at the Steampunk Zone / SOPHIE one, certain factors like driving and my daughter and the issue that I had promised a family holiday... (and this being the only chance we were going to get at a semblance of a family holiday) meant that I am now destined to spend the weekend doing something completely different.

 

I.E. NOT PERFORMING.  YARBLES.

 

I have, however, made plans and all is not lost. I have a trip to Moscow State Circus planned in Miss Von Trapp costume, some firework displays to watch, and weather permitting a stay in the family caravan... and I will spend time recording some songs as well. Perhaps a mini album to release through my bandcamp page.

 

In some consolation, I did come up with the name for the Phoenix-like festival that has arisen from the Alt-Fest ashes...

 

For those of you still able to go to the Steampunk Alt-Fest Alternative I present THE WEBSITE for...

 

FULL STEAM METAL RACKET!!:

 

" *fanfare*

 

My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen - it is with great pleasure that we, your humble hosts, now proudly present - the brand-new and official festival website!

 

http://fullsteammetalracket.co.uk

 

There's still a lot more content and information to be added over the next day or so but hopefully this will answer some of your most urgent queries.

 

In the meantime, please don't hesitate to continue to ask questions here [FB EVENT PAGE https://www.facebook.com/events/239384216202258/ ]

 

Sincerely,
BB BlackDog and NeonTiger Productions UK Ltd"

 

And my next gig date is 20th September at The Hall, Exeter. Not to be missed!

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Peculiar Post Mortem and Black Books... [Jun. 23rd, 2014|12:29 pm]
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It is Summer. I am hot. But not half as hot as I was on the 14th June at Exeter Phoenix...

 

I had the grand idea, since Stabcurdle Jack was played on BBC 6 Music, of going dressed in macabre victorian garb as Mrs Lovett to perform that song and 'Have A Pie' as part of my half hour set in the Black Box Dark Cabaret room...

 

But it is a heavy and well made layered and quilted costume and a real theatre piece as worn on stage in a Theatre Royal production of Sweeney Todd. The label inside says 'Vicky: Tart'...

 

And I wore kneehigh socks and bloomers and a vest underneath it for propriety...

Looked amazing but by gawd I was sweaty. Am yet to weigh myself to see if I have lost the hoped-for 4 stone.

 

My set went down very well and we had a mahvellous singalong with Stabcurdle Jack, Have A Pie, Green and Yeller, Isn't it Grand To Be Bloody Well Dead, The Worm Song and Idle Wives. Thoroughly enjoyed it and all the lovely positive feedback after.  All the acts in the whole night were excellent too. I may have had a bit too much gin however as the dress came off for dancing to The Gaslight Troubadours set...

 

I hear tell much of my show may well have been Trapped in the moving image... Watch this space!

And after doing my set I got to watch all these awesome people... Gurdybird, Marc Lobb, The Needle Poppets, The Mysterious Freakshow, Martin H Wattinger, The Gaslight Troubadours and Pure Mischief!!:

If you didn't go you missed a mahvellous night!!

 

This Wednesday coming I am at Black Books doing a half hour set for Pennycomequick Arts at the Mayflower Bar on the Barbican. They are a company that work to bring together all the arts and writers and poets and allsorts in Plymouth and are well worth supporting. Come and see me at the end of the night. Event starts at 7.30pm.

All other event listings can be found on http://www.missvontrapp.com

 

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Football vs Burlesque: A comparison [Jun. 22nd, 2014|12:00 pm]
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Football vs Burlesque: A Comparison...

 

I have noticed albeit through a 'werld kup blackout' in my haus that England have not done very well this time round.

 

Many people are commenting that this has its roots in the fact that the majority of Premier League teams that have made up our England squad are mostly buying in 'world class' footballers rather than supporting and nurturing home-grown talent. Without encouraging and training up local people for local leagues, how is this sport - 'The Beautiful Game' - going to survive?

 

It can only last so long and it is beginning to become apparent not only in the World Cup but also in home teams where international players can be bought and sold for more than the regular person can realistically earn in a few years...

 

And local, homegrown talent is not getting a look in.

 

How does this correllate with the World of Burlesque? Why have I made this comparison?

 

More and more often I am seeing mainstream shows with 'World Class' international talent being bandied about and admittedly these shows deliver quality acts and value for money for new punters who expect glitz and feathers... but these shows are becoming stale if you see the same names all the time.

 

We are getting the same names, same acts and nothing new. And much like Football, local homegrown talent is not getting a look in.

 

It is making me tire of burlesque in this arena almost as much as I no longer have an interest in football.

 

What I feel we need to do is this...

 

Mix it up a bit and make a whole lot more effort to support home grown talent. Perhaps go back to the British Variety Show format of old that worked so well. Billings with Top Names alongside lesser known acts...

 

There are plenty of classes and new performers in our cities. New shows and lots and lots of talent. We need to look for it, discover and nurture it. Not just allow ourselves to be spoonfed with shows and acts that have been round the houses a bit more than London or over the pond.

 

We are a small island buzzing with variety. Let's have more shows containing local performers as well as the 'big names'.

 

After all, how can emerging talent get to be 'big names' if they have no opportunity to work their way there...

 

How can I do this? I live in the bottom end of the UK - practically Cornwall...

 

Use your eyes, ears and social media. Don't just go to mainstream 'World Class' shows... There is plenty to support if you look about.

 

Like our Football clubs that are quite possibly realising now that they need to nurture homegrown talent if they are going to get any better, we need to do the same with Burlesque.

 


Don't let it die on its glittery arse ;)
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 And while you are at it you might want to search for Burly in the Basement in Plymouth which is new and happens regularly, Club Rainbow at The Rainbow Hotel on Torquay, Shhh! Burlesque and events on CoochieCrunch.com - all of which support local performers and especially THIS happening in Bristol in October: http://bristolburlesquefestival.co.uk/2014/05/18/bristol-burlesque-festival-gets-queer-weird-wild-wired/

And a plug of my own while I am at it...

 

The Rogues Gallery Vaudeville Tour: http://www.roguesgalleryvaudevilletour.com/Rogues-and-Artistes(2955327).htm

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A Day into My Forties... [Jun. 10th, 2014|04:43 pm]
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It has been three months since I last blogged. Oops. I suspect you can expect me quarterly. Like the Gas Bill. What have I been up to?

 

Lots.

 

Had a cracking hour long gig at The Highwayman Inn, Sourton:

Played a fantastic half hour set in the Cabaret Tent at Volksfest with headliners Toyah, Bob Geldof and Razorlight to name drop a few:

...and Freedom Fields Festival the following weekend - a short 15 minute set including 'Have A Pie'.  That's what I've been doing gig-wise:

And then I was played on BBC Radio 6 Tom Robinson's show during the After Hour's Steampunk Special hosted by The Gaslight Troubadours... Which was awesome!

 

Now I can add 'As played on BBC Radio 6' to all my schtuf!

 

And then I was 40.

 

Yes it was my birthday yesterday and now I am officially middle-aged. How did that happen? When I started this livejournal I was 29!!

Anyhow, next weekend on the 14th June I shall be continuing to celebrate my birthday (taking a week to get used to the idea) at The Carnivale of The Peculiar, Exeter Phoenix.

 

I shall be kicking off events in the Black Box at 8pm sharp for half-an-hour.

 

Stabcurdle Jack will be played. Have a Pie will be played. Gin will be consumed and I shall see you there along with all the other great performers listed below...

 

*hint hint*

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Upcoming Gigs With Posters: Note none for September as I'll be in Rehab. Probably. [Mar. 19th, 2014|01:38 pm]
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Available for weddings, funerals, festivals,cabaret nights, birthdays, bar mitzvahs, Halloween,Christmas, anything but children's parties...  

 

I can do anything from 5 minutes to 40 or more dependent on your requirements. 

 

*not yet road-tested on under-10s. Probably best not. Pensioners are fine though.

 

Upcoming Shows:2014:   

 

22nd March 2014:  The Highwayman Inn, Sourton, Nr Okehampton. An hour of horrible humour, dark cabaret and vaudeville folk.  Join me for a singalong in two half hours - room for a wee in the middle. Or a gin.  For details see here: http://www.thehighwaymaninn.net 

 

23rd - 26th May 2014:  Volksfest Cabaret Tent 2014 with performers such as Marcel Lucont, Hal Cruttenden, Abigail Collins and more...


14th June 2014:  The Carnivale of the Peculiar: The Mysterious Freakshow Present a night of Steampunkery, Oddities and the Unusual, Exeter Phoenix. I will be playing in the Dark Cabaret room and celebrating my 40th birthday. Do join me!  Ticket link here:https://www.facebook.com/events/281119575346249
25th June 2014:  Pennycomequick Arts present 'Black Books': An evening of spoken word, performance, random acts of art and yours truly, Mayflower Bar on Plymouth's historic Barbican.  

 

5th July 2014:  Steampunk Ball, The Market House, St Austell. 

 

14th - 18th August 2014: Alt-Fest 2014: The Steampunk Experience! With Professor Elemental, Gladstone, Lord Montague Jacques Fromage, Birthrite, Metropolis, BB Blackdog, The Mysterious Freakshow, Frenchy and The Punk and more fantastic bands than you can shake a teacup at... The main stages have Marilyn Manson, Fields of The Nephilim, VNV Nation, The Cult, Gary Numan, Killing Joke... Too many to list. It's going to be MASSIVE!!

11th October 2014:  Rogues Gallery: A Neo-Vaudeville Night of Delights, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter. With The Copperfield Ensemble Project, Compering and Comedy from Cerys Nelmes, Burlesque from Angelique Dominique, Magician Marc Lobb, Dark Cabaret by myself and more. The Ultimate Authentic Music Hall Experience. Period Costumes Actively Encouraged...31st October 2014: TBA

 

1st November 2014:  Halloween Show, Club Rainbow, Torquay. 

 

13th December 2014:  Steampunk Extravaganza, Exeter TBC  

 

 

 

More tba as I confirm them. Usually I require a minimum of a month's advance notice of the date if you wish to book me unless it's for HALLOWEEN... In which case, book now!  

 

And check http://www.missvontrapp.com as more keep being added xxxx

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March? Already? Oh no I Am A Quarter Gone!! [Mar. 12th, 2014|09:03 am]
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Last night it occurred to me that I haven't updated my blog since New Years Eve or thereabouts.  That's a bit rubbish of me, isn't it. While I've been updating in snippets on facebook and twitter I haven't actually written anything in ages.

 

So WHAT have I been doing so far this year and what am I currently up to besides hauswerk avoidance?

 

Valentine's saw me doing a full half hour show at Club Rainbow in Torquay which went down fantastically well! Thoroughly enjoyed my stay in a hotel room for the weekend with superb food, welcoming staff and I got to perform too. I will be back there for Halloween... Yes. Booked already... :D

 

It was a brilliant show with fabulous performers and a completely packed and appreciative audience. I played to a full house of 250ish people and had TWO standing ovations!!

You can see the full show on my youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/missvontrapp

 

After which I have been busily confirming and arranging gigs for the rest of this year. Looking like at least one a month so far which is perfect when you basically do a 'thing' to guarantee a Mummy's Night Out from the dayjob. I never meant to be this popular but I am SO SO grateful to all of you.

 

Have a look at my gig dates page on missvontrapp.com and you'll see where I am and what I am doing. It's the only way I can keep track lol...

 

Last night I was played on GASP Radio again in an Alt-Fest special... SO MUCH LOVE in the Steampunk Community!! :D

 

And this week I am featured Audio-Visual Artist of the Week with Pennycomequick Arts PCQ.  I will also headline their next BlackBooks event here in Plymouth at Mayflower Bar in June. You will also find me on PCQ Arts radio show on 26th March 4-6 PM so don’t miss out...

 

Also don’t forget to join them for Night of the AVS at the Barbican's Mayflower Bar on 26th March from 7.30pm for the very first NIGHT OF THE AVs Featuring: the likes of 'Mrs. Lustleigh's Fancies' Oddbodies and 'Playmates' and 'Confession' Dimi Nakov (nominated at the Cannes International Film Festival) Alongside other great short films and the launch of Arts Magazine WONDERZOO?

 

http://www.pcqarts.co.uk/#!avoftheweek/c24vq

 

PCQ is a community arts movement based in Plymouth, the South West of the United Kingdom and I feel it is always important to support Arts in your area so am excited to be working with them.

 

My next gig is on 22nd March at The Highwayman Inn, Sourton.  Not that far off and I will be playing TWO half hour sets in this beautiful haunted pub... Promise not to scare them too much....

Doesn't it look beautifully creepy and atmospheric in there. Going up on the bus with my acoustic cello and will be celebrating the landlady's birthday so am looking forward to a singalong.

 

Get your worms ready!!

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Happy New Year!! (before I start on the gin and forget everything) [Dec. 31st, 2013|05:06 pm]
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Is it gin'o'clock yet?

 

Happy New Year to everyone and much love and thanks for your supports in 2013!

 

It has truly been an Annus Mahvellous...

 

*cough*

 

In the past year I have released a new album entitled 'Songs To Die For' available at http://missvontrapp.bandcamp.com,wrote an article in two parts for  This Is Cabaret and performed at so many shows and festivals...

 

They were all Mahvellous but my highlights were being in not one, but TWO Steampunk Extravaganzas with Professor Elemental, the Christmas Yule show featured a duet of 'Fairytale of CSI New York' which can be found on my youtube (http://www.youtube.com/user/missvontrapp), an avant-garde fashion show, an afternoon tea, Volksfest 2013, a 4 night theatre run with Exeter Alternative Theatre with performances from Lilly Laudanum, Velma Von Bon Bon, Sandy Sure and myself, and an evening at Wookey Hole - where thankfully I didn't move in as resident witch. Was a close call though...

 

You can find past gig dates and forthcoming shows on http://www.missvontrapp.com

 

Next year you can expect to see me at various venues around the South West including Brass Brunel: Bristol's first Steampunk Festival and further afield at Alt-Fest 2014, Kettering, in the Steampunk Zone. Perhaps another duet with Professor Elemental is on the cards...

 

And the year begins for me on 15th February at Club Rainbow, Torquay for "Till Death Us Do Part"; expect to hear my anti-valentine classics and some truly Tragic Moments ;D

 

So excited!!!

 

Love you all...

 

Miss Von Trapp xxxx

 

"If Sweeney Todd was a cellist instead of a barber he may have sounded like Miss Von Trapp!" - This Is Cabaret Halloween Twitter (October 31st, 2013)

 

"A phenomenally dark, twisted, inspired and brilliant performance. We loved every minute of it, thank you!" - Exeter Alternative Theatre Review of Live Show at Exeter Phoenix Steampunk Spectacular. (May 17th, 2013)

 

"Dark, Satirical, Brilliant" - The Elegant Savages 'Songs To Die For' Review. (April 23rd, 2013)

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In the Bleak Midwinter [Dec. 17th, 2013|05:01 pm]
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In the Bleak Midwinter
Frosty wives made moan
Children with old clothes on
Husbands leaving home
Costs had risen year on year
Year on year
With bedroom tax and food banks
No jobs or owning homes.

 

Our God in heav'n cannot hold us
Nor Earth sustain
All our earnings taxed away
Money down the drain
In the bleak midwinter
A stable wage sufficed
But for gas and electricity
We all paid the price.

 

What more can I give them?
Poor as I am
If I were a banker
I would spare a grand
If I were a rich man
I would do my part
Yet what I have I give them
All but my heart.

 

Last Christmas I gave you my heart, but the very next day you threw it away. This year to save me from tears I'll pickle yours in a jam jar...

 

©Miss Von Trapp 2013. With apologies to Christina Rossetti and Wham.

 



Image from SIDESHOW at The Barnfield Theatre, Exeter © Nigel Cheffers-Heard

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Fairytale of CSI New York: Think I may have peaked too early for Christmas? [Dec. 11th, 2013|06:51 pm]
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It's nearly Christmas!!!

Since being in Sideshow at The Barnfield Theatre, Exeter at the end of October I have been non-stop busy.  November saw me getting changed in a Santa Grotto at Wookey Hole and performing in Captain Jack's Restaurant. I did two fifteen min sets at Twirls of the Unexpected amongst burlesque and fire performers, circus acts juggling with knives and all sorts. I am hoping to have the photos back from it soon but it was truly spectacular in the most amazing venue I have ever seen and I am still picking bits of glitter and fake snow from out of my gig bag...
At the end of November I have been busy laying plans for next year and training lots of Christmas temps in my real job. Two intakes of 68 sober people plus me and a powerpoint - honestly scarier than having an audience of nearly 400 people who have had a beer at least... Yes I am talking about my audience on the 6th December.
That particular 6th December in question was last friday and I was onstage at the Exeter Phoenix for A Very Steampunk Yule alongside The Wattingers, The Copperfield Ensemble Project, The Mysterious Freakshow and Professor Elemental.
I also performed a duet as part of my Christmas Carol Carnage set that I had written for us both back in May (that's forward planning for you) with the good Professor Elemental himself: A parody of Fairytale of New York entitled 'Fairytale of CSI New York'.  It went down very well indeed and the videographic evidence below has only been up on YouTube two days and already my channel has 130 hits to the video and the Rev's has 444 hits. WOW!!!

So what's next in Miss Von Trapp Land?  Surviving Christmas and the New Year. That's what.  And then next year all manner of gigs if you look on my Gig Dates page.  More are being added as they turn up or are confirmed.

I also have plans for recording a couple of albums next year if I can. Grave Folk: A collection of dark and macabre folk songs, and, of course, the Christmas Album: Gin, Frankincense and Mirth, which will have to contain the Professor Elemental duet properly recorded and whatnot.  Soon as I have worked out how to use copyright for backing instrumentals - it MUST AND SHALL BE DONE AND WE SHALL DO IT!!

At some point before the New Year I shall have to blog my summary of what has been a MAHVELLOUS YEAR.  So wait on that one, fiends.

ANNUS MAHVELLOUS. There!

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Happy Busy Halloween!! (and beyond) [Nov. 5th, 2013|06:13 pm]
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My sister's forthcoming EP is AWESOME. Listen to a preview here!

 

Remember remember the fifth of November
The gunpowder treason and plot
After Halloween season I see every reason
Why fireworks will be forgot.
As I am exhausted after last week,
Have fun with your rockets but I'll be asleep.
MVT XXX

 

And check for hedgehogs in your bonfires. Wrap them in clay first as they bake better that way.

 

Oh I had a mahvellous week off from the real job with the lovely people of Exeter Alternative Theatre, performing 'SIDESHOW' for four nights at the Barnfield Theatre in Exeter.


I performed Favourite Things, Daisy Daisy and The Worm Song as my solo spot, and the audience also enjoyed awesome performances by the cast and Lilly Laudanum,Sandy Sure and Velma Von Bon Bon. I had an amazing time and made lots of new friends over the course of the run.


It was exhausting going by train every evening and back each night, but I stayed over with a friend on the Saturday night and had a great aftershow party with everyone. There is an album of photos slowly growing on my facebook page so take a look over there!


Next up is Twirls of The Unexpected in Wookey Hole on November 16th, followed by A Steampunk Yule Ball with Professor Elemental and friends at Exeter Phoenix. Hope to see you there! xxx

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Isn't it Grand to be Bloody Well Busy! [Oct. 7th, 2013|04:52 pm]
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Crikey last week was busy.

 

Monday/Tuesday school runs and gentle cello practice.  Then I went back to work on Wednesday after being off for a while with a neck injury for which I had physio and acupuncture in the afternoon. My dreams of being a voodoo dolly have been realised. I am steadily getting better, but not very good at being a patient patient.

 

"My candle burns at both ends,
It will not last the night.
But, ah my foes, and oh my friends,
It gives a lovely light" : Edna St Vincent Millay

 

Thursday, after school runs, work and other daily whatnot I had a show to do where I performed a new song and an old favourite at Dolly Delight's Jeepers Peepers at Voodoo Lounge. New song for a new venue...

 

'Isn't it Grand to be Bloody Well Dead' is an irish traditional funeral song from the perspective of a dead man attending his own funeral service, passing comment on the preacher, flowers, mourners etcetera. I had to modify the lyrics slightly as one line would potentially cause offence but kept the majority of the song intact with my own arrangement. Trad.argh.

 

It went down very well with plenty of laughs and joining in... and lots of 'bloody well' somethings as we went along. Post funeral song I played the Halloween favourite, The Worm Song' with plenty of grisly glee. I love that clotted cream line...

 

Had so much fun that I sortof lost track of time so then I did a Stupid Thing.

 

So Thursday night/Friday morning I got to bed at 2am after performing at Dolly Delight's...Then I was up again at 7am for school run, straight into work til 2, home at 2.30 and next school run at 2.45, home at 4pm...

 

Suddenly realised at 5pm I had not eaten anything all day. 

 

NOTHING. NADA. ZILCH.

 

In fact I had only consumed leftover show candy and masses of coffee all day. I had a fryup and then couldn't be bothered with corsetry to go out to 'An Evening of Burlesque' with my husband. 

 

Had two gin and tonics...Oopsie...

 

Which is probably why, in my defence, I 'accidentally' wound up joining the end of the cast seating row for the aftershow autograph signing.

 

That's my story and I'm sticking to it...

 

Anyway, this week has started with me collecting my newly repaired tricycle and riding it home only to find another problem and having to ride it back again already...

 

The rest of the week I have work and rehearsing for my next show with a workshop to get to next Sunday.  I am very excited about this next venture, though I have yet to sort childcare (it will be done), as I have not been part of an actual full theatre production since being involved with Weird Cabaret at the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth in 2003 - 2004.

 

Can't wait to get up there and workshop schtuf as my training is in physical theatre. It's going to be a lot of fun and will run for four nights over my favourite time of the year... HALLOWEEN!!

 

Details are below:

 

SIDESHOW
https://www.facebook.com/events/218512051647994/

 

8.00pm – Wednesday 30th October – Saturday 2nd November
Tickets £12.50 (Students £10.00) from 01392 271808 or http://www.barnfieldtheatre.com

Thursday: Dolly Delight's Jeepers Peepers "Look at the mourners, bloody great hypocrites, Isn't it Grand, boys, to be Bloody Well Dead?"

And this is what I got up to on Friday night... I 'accidentally' joined the autograph lineup on the wrong side at 'An Evening of Burlesque' at Plymouth Pavilions. Naughty Miss Von Trapp saw a free chair on the end of the cast row... sat in it, schmoozed and shared skull lollipops *cough*

 

After the 'Sideshow' run I will have barely 14 days to prep for the next show... at Wookey Hole in Somerset. I shall do my utmost not to become resident witch but I can't promise anything...

 

 

 

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Roll up! Roll up! Upcoming Shows! [Sep. 23rd, 2013|01:40 pm]
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Halloween is fast approaching!!
And I am very excited... oh yes!! :D

 

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Newspaper review of my most recent gig... [Sep. 10th, 2013|05:23 pm]
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Realised I failed to blog the most mahvellous review of my most recent gig at the B-Bar, Barbican Theatre Plymouth, during which I played my Murder Lounge and performance poetry set of Blood and Marriage, Tragic Moments, Roses Are Red, As I Do Time and Say it with Flowers...

 

"Miss Von Trapp took to the stage made up like Aunt Sally with her cello and theatrical weirdness; she's certainly and acquired taste but unique and highly entertaining in an alternative theatre kind of way. You can't help but love her!

 

A mixture of live music and comedy this was raw entertainment at its best."

 

Look mum! I'm in the local paper!! (people have been telling me this since it came out - I knew. I was there!)

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RAISING STEAM CANCELLED... But I have more gigs to announce. [Sep. 10th, 2013|09:48 am]
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Hugely disappointed to announce that Raising Steam on 21st September has been cancelled due to low ticket sales.

" It is with considerable regret that I am going to have to cancel this event.  After 6 months of effort and all the bands talking it up, sales to date have been .. 10 weekend tickets and 4 Sunday-only tickets.  Thank you to those who have had enough faith in the event to purchase a ticket, I will start processing the refunds in the next day or two.  Thank you also to ALL the bands, my support crew, Jane and Rob the MCs and the radio station for getting behind it and doing all that you did. It would have been great, but it seems the universe couldn't handle this much awesomeness ... "

It was a charity event so was unable to cover costs and still act as a fundraiser for New Futures Nepal as well if it went ahead. Steven C Davis put in so much work and we have promoted the arse out of it but so soon after ASYLUM perhaps people were out of pocket.

If anyone would still like to donate to the charity directly, here is the link: http://www.newfuturesnepal.org/

This is a real shame as not only will I not get a fun mum's weekend away from hauswerk and childcare, I will not be able to catch up with and play with all those amazing 10 other steampunk bands that I was really looking forward to and meet most mahvellous peoples and play for you.

And I won't be able to meet Lord Montague Jacques Fromage of SteampunkFunkBizarre either. AGAIN!! Ships passing once again my dear...  THWARTED!!:(

On a positive note I need to rest my neck injury still and will go to the Punks Picnic instead.  Which I would rather have liked to play at but didn't arrange because it clashed.

See you there perhaps and my next gig outing is Dolly Delight's Jeepers Peepers at Voodoo Lounge on 3rd October.

And I have a play script to read and some improv to work on for a 4 night production at the end of October which is exciting.  Entitled SIDESHOW it is a production by Exeter Alternative Theatre including performances from myself, Sandy Sure, Velma Von Bon Bon and Lilly Laudanum along a decaying circus theme for Halloween.

EVER SO EXCITED and will share posters and links as soon as I have them.

This is the one for October 3rd:

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Two new show wideos uploaded! [Sep. 2nd, 2013|06:31 pm]
I am very excited!! My last two wideos made by the mahvellous Colin have been uploaded to my youtube.

The AlienFox: Entity show and the last Dolly Delight's Jungle Fever shows are now available for your viewing pleasure.

The AlienFox show features some of my experimental noise poetry (I Am, Fix, Rose) and a song, and the Jungle Fever showcases my most recent dodgy rewrites of music hall/cabaret/sound of music songs. So very sorry...

Enjoy!


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Lashings of cake and gin and why I am a pain in the neck... [Aug. 26th, 2013|03:26 pm]
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Since my last post...

 

Playing at Arthur Shilling's Afternoon Tea was a most excellent excursion.  I had The Most Perfect stage in the Abbey Hall where creche normally store their toys... so I had a house, a naked dolly and a tricycle amongst many other items as stage props and played a full half hour set of music hall and gorey folk followed by as much tea and cake as I could eat, conversational tea duelling and many other activities.

 

I also managed to get the recipe for a bright green absinthe flavour cheesecake which was flavoured with star anise and ginger biscuits. Quite addictive. Obviously I took lots home, emptying out my cd box to make room for foodie goodies. Be Prepared!!

 

My next outing was to the B-bar... thankfully this time no-one was eating noodles - though I didn't play The Worm Song. Instead I played my Murder Lounge set of Blood And Marriage, Roses Are Red, Tragic Moments, As I Do Time and Say it with Flowers... and had a gin.  And my 15 minutes of shame as part of a musical evening with Auntie Pus, Becky Brine and fiends.  Am looking forward to the review in the local paper next friday. Woohoo!!

Next up, on the 21st September is Raising Steam - which you can read all about in the previous post along with ticket links... In the meantime I shall be uploading youtube wideos of Alienfox Entity and Dolly Delight's Jungle Fever shows... and resting my neck because I have done something stupid to it.

 

When I was moving haus at the start of May I fell off the top of a stepladder while taking down curtains and broke my fall with the back of my head on a couple of bookshelves before landing on the floor with a cracked rib, cuts to my leg and mild concussion. 

 

Since then, my busy gig schedule plus tricycling to and fro work and my data entry job have put so much strain on my neck on the right hand side that I am getting a lot of pain and have swelling on my neck on the bowing side around my collarbone.  Having an x-ray on friday to rule out having broken anything and just have to rest it so a 3 week ish break from playing will help. Quite literally I am a pain in the neck right now but will be good for September.

 

Hope to see you there!

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Graveyards, Hats, Going Wild, Free Cake and Raising Steam. [Aug. 11th, 2013|09:38 am]
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Since my last post... A cracking graveyard photoshoot with Crestfall Photos. I played The Worm Song and others in the middle of Ford Park Cemetery... All the pictures are now on my facebook page for your perusal in the Face Of Woe album.

 

Alienfox: Entity was awesome. That is all. There was a parade of hats and collars made by the mahvellous Alienfox (who is currently comissioned for Wella), interspersed with incredibly good music and me doing song and performance poetry.   I played I Am, Fix, Rose, Blood and Marriage and Say it with Flowers to a packed audience. You can see the WHOLE SHOW here. I am 19 minutes in:

 





Then Dolly Delight's Jungle Fever the following Thursday... Had a really good singalong audience. Again it was packed. I performed Daisy Daisy, As I Do Time and Idle Vice and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

 

The full Miss Von Trapp videos for both Alienfox: Entity and Jungle Fever will be up on my Youtube shortly but there are short clips from Jungle Fever on my facebook page.

What's next...

 

Arthur Shilling's Tea Party this coming Saturday, a gig at the B-Bar... and then a big Steampunk Festival over two days in Reading.

 

Raising Steam is raising funds for New Futures Nepal and has a whole host of glorious steampunk bands over two days - see below. Tickets are on sale now - please follow the link to the event on my facebook -  and it's for a really good cause so if you can come along then please do. I am very excited to be part of it!!
This event is going to be fantastic and it's just over 4 weeks away! Get your tickets NOW!!

Miss Von Trapp at Raising Steam Festival in Reading on 21 & 22 September ... also lots of other fabulous Steampunk Bands playing including Gladstone, Birthrite, Metropolis, Steampunkfunk Bizarre, The Mysterious Freakshow, Tom Slatter and more... Get your tickets quick before they all sell out!!!!

https://www.facebook.com/events/123942861133075/

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Go South West, Young Man!: A Guide to Cabaret and Burlesque in Devon. Cornwall and thereabouts... [Jul. 17th, 2013|06:48 pm]
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My article on Burlesque and Cabaret in the South West of England has been published on This Is Cabaret dotcom. I am a bit proud of myself!! I *did* ask if I could post my article on the blog as well, and the answer was a resounding yes... so here it is in full for you here!! *glowing - and not just on account of the weather*:


Recent events in the press with the National Trust hosting burlesque in Devon and Cornwall certainly caused a stir, but it made a change from the usual woodland bug hunts and jam making workshops that seem to mostly be on offer. In actual fact, if you go down to the Westcountry today you're in for a big surprise. It's not at all like The Archers. From Bristol (where the world ends in both directions) and Wales and all the way down to the bottom end of England - yes that's Cornwall - there are burlesque and cabaret venues, established circus companies and pop up events happening in Arts Centres and small Theatres and other venues with an increasing frequency. Some quarterly, like the gas bill, but many bi-monthly and actually you can find somewhere to entertain you pretty much any time you like. Not just on your birthday.


So here's a look at my highlights of what's happening in the South West, starting in Wales and working our way down - a grand tour if you like from Llanelli to Land's End...


Bluestocking Lounge, run by Lilly Laudanum is an established bi-monthly burlesque club that brings top names on the international scene to venues in Swansea and Llanelli. As well as supporting new and upcoming local performers since it began in February 2010, Bluestocking Lounge has seen the likes of internationally renowned RedSarah, Diva Hollywood, Beatrix Von Bourbon, Missy Malone, Banbury Cross and more as headline line-ups.


'After Hours Cabaret' in Newport is a quarterly show run by Tom Stanger and promises to bring some of the very best in Cabaret and Burlesque. It is relatively new, started in September 2012 but shows promise.


Moving across to Bristol and beyond, there is so much going on that you can take your pick from everything from Street Parade events and pop up burlesque and cabaret shows to established venues. The best place to look for current and upcoming listings in the South West area is on the South West Burlesque Collective's website, CoochieCrunch.com but I am highlighting some here.


Pink Kitten Dance School is the main school of exotic dance in Bristol teaching burlesque, pole dancing, aerial hoop, and aerial yoga. Tabitha Tease, the owner is a professional aerial, pole and burlesque performer.


Burn Brightly Burlesque and Hoochie Coochie Kabaret are burlesque and circus shows that are regular and established events in Bristol, but 'The Copper Feel Cabaret' is one to watch as it is new and I really like the name. Hosted by Lou-leigh Blue in the heart of Bristol at The Old Stag and Hounds, their first show on 13th July will have acts from such varied performers as Tabitha Tease, Poppy Von Tarte and Bella Rouge.


Bristol also has its very own Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School which is also run by Lou-leigh Blue at the same venue.


Rebelado showgirls, based in Bristol, but performing internationally as well as across Somerset and the South-West, are a professional Brazilian Samba organisation with dancers, stilt-walkers and drummers. They have been touring internationally for over 10 years but also provide family friendly entertainment in the form of Carmen Miranda street theatre walkabout and 'samba tots' interactive dance workshops for festival, circus and family entertainment.


Outside Bristol - wait, the world doesn't end there! - Shhh! Burlesque are based in Bridgewater and run by Bertrand and Lianne Vessier. They put on regular shows with performers such as Beatrix Von Bourbon, Anna Fur Laxis and myself (cough) at the Bridgwater Arts Centre and The Winter Gardens, Weston Super Mare. The next show in November offers a three-course meal alongside burlesque and cabaret performances and a Gypsy Swing band. I promise not to play the Worm Song...


Mocking Bird Burlesque is run and hosted by Bethany Blue and Paloma Violets and puts on regular shows at bars in Swindon and Gloucester as well as performing all over as the Moreorlesque Sisters .


In Exeter and in Torquay, Kinky and Quirky run by Mark and Sarah Bell, have been offering uncompromisingly top quality dedicated burlesque and cabaret shows since they first started in 2007. Their shows are always a sell-out and they have everything from upcoming innovative performers to the big names on the national and international scene. Performers such as Velma Von Bon Bon, Marnie Scarlett, Glorian Gray, Joe Black, Anna Fur Laxis, Missy Malone, Craig the Hula Boy, Ginger Blush, Shirley Windmill and many more have graced their stages over the years. November 2013 sees them evolving again as they move on from a monthly residency to a quarterly theatrical show and ball - and this time they are bringing over the Burlesque Hall of Fame 2013, Reigning Queen of Burlesque LouLou D'vil as the headliner as well as the winner of their recent Stars In Their Bras burlesque competion performing: Miss Angelique Dominique.


Past Exeter, the show goes on. In Plymouth at the far end of England and onward into Cornwall. The B-Bar at the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth is host to Kabaret Kaos nights, as well as comedy, music and 'Forked' performance poetry nights. They also do excellent thai food if you want to eat your way through a show.


Annabel's Cabaret and Discotheque , known to locals as the 'Kingdom of Night-Time Pleasures' is a cocktail and performance venue that has bands, Club Fandango comedy nights, burlesque and belly-dancing all under one roof. It is also host to burlesque and belly dancing classes, the students of which put on thoroughly enjoyable bi-monthly newcomer showcases as 'Kittys Dolls Burlesque', which are always a sell-out and have attracted a large local following. You might even see me there once in a while as resident musical dark cabaret act 'Miss Von Trapp'. Devon's Only Dark Cabaret Cellist...


And Finally, Cornwall... that remote holiday destination of pasties (non-sequinned), cream teas and beaches also has events. Yes it does. Sterts Theatre in Liskeard this month hosted MIssy Malone's burlesque show on tour, Hall for Cornwall has big burlesque events intermittently with national names, and all the way down in Newquay, home of the surfboard, the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Club hold monthly events with acts that mainly come down from that Lahndan, and hosted by Babaliscious of Slinky Minsky. It all looks rather fun.


Cornwall is also home to the fantastic Swamp Circus , which is the region's first and only Circus Training school in the ancient pirate town of Penryn. They do everything from juggling to acrobatics, aerial dance to clowning and stilt walking. They have regular shows, circus clubs and even holiday camps you can send your children to while you enjoy a quiet week on the beach.

So there you have it. The world doesn't end at Bristol... And you can always pack some Cabaret with your cream tea as you holiday down to Devon and beyond. And you might even see me at some point...


To read my article first published on ThisIsCabaret.com please follow the links below:
Go South West, Young Man: A Guide to Cabaret in Devon, Cornwall and thereabouts Part One


Go South West, Young Man: A Guide to Cabaret in Devon, Cornwall and thereabouts Part Two.

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Too hot... July like a dog, July. [Jul. 11th, 2013|04:43 pm]
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At the end of May I had the pleasure of playing Volksfest 2013. Thoroughly had a blast and graced the same Cabaret stage as Joe Black, Mitch Benn, Phil Kay, Mr B: The Gentleman Rhymer and more. Epic!


Then on 1st July, Elegant Savages magazine had me on the cover and a full length interview inside all about my folk and theatre and musical past and whatnot. It was jolly mahvellous and you can read it here: http://www.elegantsavage.co.uk

Shortly after, I went down to Cornwall to party with the steampunks at SinS Resurrected. It was hot.  I wore little more than vest and bloomers, drank far too much covonia and gin...  And I went on last at midnight in the dark and had a fantastic singalong with everybody there.

 

Thoroughly enjoyed myself, posed on random farm equipment, slept very badly in a tent and managed to get sunburn through baby factor 50+ AND white makeup!!

Coming back on the train I also found the article I'd written on burlesque and cabaret in the SW had been published on http://www.thisiscabaret.com

 

It's a 2 part article and the second part will be up soon. Read it here: http://www.thisiscabaret.com/go-south-west-young-man-a-guide-to-cabaret-in-devon-cornwall-and-thereabouts/

 

 

So what's next this month? A private party on the 20th for a visitor from Switzerland and a fashion show on the 28th where I will be doing some very darkly different schtuf.  See you there!!

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And the winner is... [Jun. 23rd, 2013|08:36 pm]
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Julia Harris.

 

You are the winner of the art competition to draw me. Your mahvellous artwork will be the cover of The Elegant Savages magazine - out 30th June - which has an interview all about me in it...

 

You will also recieve a print of the cover.  Very well done. I absolutely LOVE it!! :Dxxx

 

See ALL ENTRIES HERE: http://www.elegantsavage.co.uk/competition.html

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Artwerk Competition!! [May. 23rd, 2013|09:52 pm]
CALLING all you wonderful artistic types....we are holding a competition in The Elegant Savages to draw, paint, illustrate & doodle a piccie of the brilliantly macabre MissvonTrapp - the dark cabaret cellist!!!!</p>

 

We are putting together a gallery page on http://www.elegantsavage.co.uk of ALL the submissions & the WINNER will be picked by Miss Von Trapp herself to feature on the FRONT COVER Which is good fun for all, as we have a glorious growing international following & it helps spread the good word about all your creativity!!!!

 

So give it a go & send all entries to either the facebook page below or email elegantsavages@yahoo.com.

 

Deadline is 20th June 2013 and size guidelines are recommended at 8" x 10" 300dpi. The usual copyrighty blurb entails, e.g if anyone nicks your images we'll display their heads on spikes outside the Tower of London JOIN IN - SPREAD THE WORD - HAVE FUN!!!

 

http://www.facebook.com/TheElegantSavages

 


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