This August Bank Holiday, Sheffield will have its first cabaret and burlesque festival featuring a fantastic cast of performers. 

Next week, the Sheffield Burlesque and Cabaret Extravaganza will present a veritable cavalcade of local, national and international talent. Over four evenings, a riotous variety of vaudevillians – from dancers and singers to contortionists and mime artists – will take to the Library Theatre stage. Each night will be hosted by top notch comperes: Abigail Collins (Thursday), Joe Black (Friday), Amber Topaz (Saturday) and Reuben Kaye (Sunday).

Produced by Lara Gothique and her Velvet Burlesque company, the festival in the self-proclaimed “largest village in England” will be part of a landmark year for the Northern burlesque and cabaret scene. This April’s Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival became the first ever such event to receive Arts Council funding. The Velvet Curtain Cabaret in May began a new era of vaudeville in Leeds’ historic City Varieties Music HallInternational burlesquer extraordinaire Dirty Martini appeared in not one but two shows, visiting Leeds and Manchester last month while in October another American icon, the headmistress of the New York School Of Burlesque Jo “Boobs” Weldon, will be headlining Burlesque Noir at the Blackpool Tower.

The Sheffield festival’s shows will be complemented by daytime workshops on Saturday and Sunday with some of the festival’s most experienced performers passing on inside tips. The classes cover a range of subjects including dance, make-up, hair-styling and circus skills. The classes are held at the HYPE Dance Studio and The Showroom Workstation.

In addition, renowned photographer Neil “Nez” Kendall will also be bringing his Burlesque & Striptease Museum to the main foyer of Sheffield Central Library on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 August.

Here’s the full rundown of all those appearing at the Sheffield Burlesque and Cabaret Extravaganza shows and workshops.

Thursday 25 August

Abigail Collins


Raymond & Mr. Timpkins
Talulah Blue
Lady Francescca
Raven Noir
Lady Wildflower
Dominic Mattos
Trixie Blue
Kitty Ribbons

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Friday 26 August

Joe Black

Jeanie Wishes
Arran Shurvinton
Whisky Falls
Cece Sinclair
Miss Knockout Noire
The Flapper Tappers
Oh! Carolina
Diva Hollywood
The Magic Ball Man
Ana Kiss
Pinky DeVille
Carrie Couture

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Saturday 27 August

Amber Topaz

Josephine Shaker
Tricity Vogue
Aurora Galore
Terms of Unnervement
Pixie Le Knot & Yasmine Florentine
Lady May Den-Voyage
Steve Faulkner
Molly Moonstone
Rock Hart

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Sunday 28 August

Reuben Kaye

Duo Bogof
Scarlett Daggers
Verity Grey
Didi Derriere
Angelica Cardone
Betty Blue Eyes
Micky Bimble
Hells Belle

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Workshops & Classes

Whip cracking for Stage & Fun – Diva Hollywood
Pin-Up Hair Styles – Gypsy Rose Salon
Charleston & Jazz Steps – Josephine Shaker
Stage Make-Up – Joe Black & Arran Shurvinton
Burl-Ecstasy – Amber Topaz
Fan Dancing – Aurora Galore
Circus Skills for Children – Emily Rose Greenwood

More information on all workshops

The Sheffield Burlesque and Cabaret Extravaganza runs from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 August at the Library Theatre, Sheffield. For full information on each show and the workshops, check out the official website.