Here’s an eye-catching headliner – burlesque artist Freida Nipples is bringing her brand new show to York.
Freida will be strutting on to the Impossible bar stage on Sunday 4 July at 7pm, where she promises a night of glitz, glamour, fun and fabulousness.
Tickets cost £15 for general admission to Burlesque at Impossible, or there’s VIP tickets at £20 for the best seats in the house. They can be booked online here.
All tickets include a free, exclusive cocktail created for the show by Impossible, Freida Nipples, and York Gin – The Freida Tipple!
Alongside Freida Nipples, audiences can also look forward to performances from ‘internationally recognised burlesque artists’ Lady Wildflower and Ebony Silk, with Kiki Deville hosting.
And there could be more to come…
“If it goes well it will be regular,” Freida told YorkMix. “So please do come along and support us!”
We spoke with Freida Nipples to find out more about the show.
Q&A with Freida Nipples
How did you first get into burlesque?
As sad as it sounds, I got into burlesque as a way to make friends when I was at university. I struggled finding people with similar interests as I wasn’t really into clubbing which was what a lot of university social life consisted of. I found a class with Lady Wildflower who is my ‘Burlesque Mother‘ now – and who is performing at Impossible on the 4th of July too – and was hooked! Initially it was the aesthetics that pulled me in but I stayed for the love of the art form as well as the opportunities it continues to spring into my life.
What do you love most about burlesque?
I love the freedom it gives me to create absolutely show-stopping looks that I wouldn’t be able to showcase anywhere else. As well as the full range of skills that being a performer causes me to explore such as dance, music, costuming, character building, glamour and more!
I also love being able to travel the world and meet likeminded people when performing in different countries and even continents. When I visited Australia a couple of years ago I was able to perform and instantly connect with people who were into similar things as me. It brings me so much joy to know that we are sprinkled like glitter across the globe.
Tell us more about the show
The show at Impossible will be an evening of glamour, talent and fun! There will be myself as well as two other internationally recognised burlesque artists, Lady Wildflower and Ebony Silk, performing two acts each as well as Kiki Deville hosting. Kiki is known as The Grand Duchess of Cabaret and has featured on The Voice as well as being a judge on All Together Now alongside Geri Halliwell, and will have us laughing as well as in awe at her voice! We will also have a photo booth and Polaroid pictures available for guests and glamorous Go-Go girls to greet you on arrival.
What can the audience expect from the show?
For it to be better than they could imagine. Burlesque is so much more than pretty girls, feathers and rhinestones (although we love those too!) but guests usually leave surprised at how entertaining they find the evening and are gabbing to come back for more, which we really can’t blame them for!
As a performer, how have you had to adapt during the pandemic?
I certainly have. This will be my first show since corona hit and I have not done any online shows like some of my colleagues. I have used the time to rework acts, update costumes and just generally finesse my craft. I am lucky enough to have had another job to enable me to do this whereas a lot of full time performers have been in extremely challenging positions and I really take my hat off to them. I wish that the government had better supported artists throughout this time but I am so proud of how adaptable everyone that I know has been and just can’t wait for the creative world to start getting back on its feet.
What will it be like performing in front of a live audience again?
I am simultaneously terrified and giddy! We shall have to see.
Tell us about the exclusive cocktail, The Freida Tipple!
So the cocktail has been created by Impossible and York Gin who have been kind and supportive enough to sponsor the event – and to find out more I guess you will have to come along and try it for yourself!
What do you hope the audience will come away from the show feeling?
I deeply hope the audience can come away from the show feeling lighter and with a bounce in their step. Burlesque is about fantasy and we all definitely could do with a bit of escapism from the world right now. It will also give a good reason to dust off your glad rags and an opportunity to dress up if you want to – there’s no pressure to though, but if you want it to be, you can see this as a space to create the you you want to be and flamboyance and creativity is celebrated here!