I will be talking about confidence, and some of the strategies I have developed to support people who want to build and maintain positive body image, self-confidence and self-esteem. I will also be reflecting on my own background in the arts, and sharing some of my experiences in a notoriously image-conscious profession to question our societal perceptions of beauty and the importance of self-image.
I am cabaret performer and producer based in Plymouth. I trained at Plymouth University where I discovered a love of clowning and feminist theatre practice. Since then I have developed a successful practice as a burlesque performer and show runner, working extensively around the UK as an MC, performer and mentor to new performers. I also support and mentor on a 1:1 basis to help people build confidence on and off the stage.
My credits include Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s ‘Best of Burlesque’ international showcase, Bristol Burlesque Festival, resident MC for the Rogues Gallery Vaudeville Tour, East of England Burlesque Festival (Judge), and appearances at various events and festivals around the South West including Love Summer, Volksfest and Airfish Aerial Arts.
Photo credit: Will Heason photography