" Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others " - Groucho Marx
MISSION STATEMENT for work past and future...
OUR AIM is to produce innovative and thought provoking work that's beautiful, surreal and often humorous.
OUR WORK is designed to inspire, cross boundaries, be socially inclusive and reach as wide an audience as possible.
OUR MISSION is to develop exciting collaborations with artists and newcomers, as well as mentoring and teaching wherever possible.
WE CREATE work to be performed in a wide variety of venues and site specific areas.
This is an exciting time for us as we are currently developing some ambitious new Dance Theatre shows, which will take us in a different direction from our cabaret background. See Theatre of Fur
The original idea for VAVAVAVOOM! was something I had in mind
many years ago when I ran a cabaret night at the Zap Club in Brighton
U.K. called Andy Walkers Fame Frame (with Andy Walker)
which developed into The Billy Silver Show, very popular with
young and old alike. Here I had started trying out ideas for Burlesque
routines, and enjoyed it so much, I wanted to do more!
We performed abroad in New Orleans, as part of the first ever Burlesque Festival called Tease-O-Rama 2001, which brought together the most amazing range of acts from across the USA. It was fantastic to meet so many talented performers, all part of a thriving New Burlesque revival in the States! We were honoured to be the only performers to be invited from Europe, and are planning to perform again there, as well as other countries. We hope to make the idea of a touring show + various workshops into a regular part of what we do. Aside from this, we organised many other big events including a party at the Corn Exchange for Brighton Festival delegates and a Brighton Body Positive Masked Ball. In London we performed at many venues including Cafe de Paris, Soho Revue Bar, Madame Jojo's, Dali Universe, Oval House & Bush Hall. We also performed at the World Famous Spiegeltent during the 2004 + 2005 Brighton Festivals, and in London as part of the Exploding Cinema Festival.
We are still available for hire the whole show or its
various parts - for a wide variety of events and soirees! Yes we do weddings, bar mitzvahs etc!
"This was glamour beyond my wildest dreams!" Vavavavoom customer
What the Press say about VAVAVAVOOM!:
A vision of old style decadence. Glittering burlesque. Chanteuse and exotic dancer Stella Starr switches the glamour controls to maximum for a celebratory night. Kitty girls and cigarette girls are on hand to point you to the buffet or mop your brow after you have witnessed the dancing bear, white rabbit on stilts or any of the other glitter-clad cabaret acts.
- The Guardian Guide
Just when you thought clubbing had got too safe and cosy for it's own creative good, something new hits the scene to remind us how it's done.
- ID Magazine
Club renaissance staking a high heel through discoland.
- Loaded Magazine
Gazing longingly at the filmic innocence of the 1940's and 50's. Become a star for a night and wonder at the naughty nuns chorusline high-kicking their way through a kitsch wonderland.
- The Big Issue
They have classy strippers and cigarette girls, all that stuff - it's very glam!
- Vavavavoom regular, actor Joe McGann interviewed in New Woman Magazine
Posing is out - your average Vavavavoomer just wants to have fun, using any old excuse to dress up in a preposterous outfit and visit fantasy heaven.
- Sky Magazine
Stella Starr is nothing short of a local treasure. It is the likes of individuals such as her who keep Brighton on the map as a town of mischief, glamour and saucy fun. Stella is a woman with a mission, and whether it's emerging from a giant clam to do a strip or writhing around in King Kong's hand(!), she achieves what most people merely dream of; by bringing her fantasies alive, through the ever-growing and sensational Vavavavoom!
Look out for Vavavavoom's Les Girls who will be Moulin Rougeing it in a way that would make even young Ewan blush.
- New Insight Magazine
Vavavavoom is the club where Dean Martin meets Peter Pan, where Nancy Sinatra flirts with Eric Morecambe, where Andy Warhol and Elvis are caught in a Carry On movie. A knowing recreation of a bygone era which now seems so innocent and absurd, when there really were real men and real women, sending out these signals and playing this game with the utmost seriousness. Now we act out the same roles with a light peal of laughter, an exaggerated gesture, and no, that isn't a tear frozen on our cheeks; it's just the glitter catching the light.
- Article on the New Burlesque in The Brighton Reporter
c. Stella Starr, Vavavavoom! 2008