Large 9781911422372

London Burlesque - A Family Album



Format: Hardback 144 pages, 73 Illustrations, black and white
Publisher: Circa Press
Published: 4 Jan 2023
Weight: 874g
Dimensions: 207 x 258 x 23 (mm)

Angus Stewart has spent 10 years backstage with London's burlesque community, getting to know the performers and documenting their shared world to create what he calls 'a family album'. From the beginning, his focus was on the personalities, rather than the performances. He deliberately eschews the 'big reveal'.

Instead, his photographs capture the friendships, the laughter and the camaraderie that characterise the burlesque scene. We are introduced to a thriving community that values dedication and loyalty, and where the exotic is always laced with humour; and we hear from performers Belle de Beauvoir, REIx, Lady Cheek, Lady May and Lynn Ruth Miller. Burlesque can be provocative, it can be political, and it can be serious.

But it can also be a lot of fun. 'I discovered that while some performers earn a living from burlesque, most have other jobs - anything from seamstresses to doctors, to company directors. This huge melting pot of professional experience, coupled with a variety of reasons for wanting to perform, means that personal development is encouraged.

It's an incredibly supportive community, and I wanted to try to capture that spirit.' - Angus Stewart