Voted in the top 50 burlesque performers in the world 2015 and 2016 and top 10 UK Burlesque Performers for the past three years running by readers of 21st Century Burlesque Magazine, Velma Von Bon Bon is a Veritable Tour de Force in Neo-burlesque hilarity.
Gracing the Neon Moon stage again for Club Cirque Galactica at the Cambridge Junction on April 25th, this time in all her B-Movie splendor, Velma's 'indearingly silly and daintily sexual' charm will take you to another dimension!
An 'English rose plucked from a pop culture nonsense garden', Velma's unique take on burlesque fuses comedy and glamour in what she likes to call "Glomedy" (please humour her, it makes her feel like a scientist, very silly we know but she does look good in a white coat). Here's what she has to say on all things glamorous and Burlesque!
What is your main performance inspiration?
My inspiration comes from everywhere. My childhood had a big impact on the style of comedy that I love and visuals that inspire me. I have always loved comedy and found my heroes in people like Rik Mayall, Mike Myers, Jim Carrey and Julie Walters. I watched old VHS tapes of Black Adder constantly. I guess if I had to put it in to one word I'd say "silly". I've always loved the music and films of the 80s and that decade really has a big influence on my style and my acts.
What do you love most about burlesque and cabaret?
I love the sense of community and the connection with live audiences. I have made some of my best friends working in cabaret. I love making people laugh and getting to make that connection with them live on stage
What has been your most memorable performance so far?
I really couldn't narrow it down to one! I really loved supporting Sasha Velour in Bristol a couple of years ago, the energy of the crowd was electric. I once performed in a parking space in the middle of Manchester pride, that was pretty memorable! I also got to perform in a big top with a traditional circus in 2018 and that felt pretty special. My first performance after breaking my arm in France was also quite monumental. I couldn't open my hand from nerve damage so I was really nervous and I'd travelled 33 hours by bus to get there so it was quite stressful. But I had such an amazing time it was really impactful.
Can you give us a retro or burlesque style tip?
My best tip is be you! I have been through a few styles over the years. I got into pin up and 50s, which I loved for a time but I realised I started to feel restricted by sticking to just one era of style. Now I just style myself however I'm feeling on the day.
When it comes to your own personal style or your on stage style, just be true to yourself. Do what you love and your passion for it will come across so naturally.
Come and see Velma's winning charm for yourself! She truly is a woman not to be missed! We LOVE YOU VELMA!