​Interview: Elsie Diamond: The Sensible Dresser

As Brighton Fringe gears up for 2016, Broadway Baby offers a preview of the shows, the people and the world that is Brighton Fringe. We’ve been speaking to participants from around the Fringe and asked them to give us an insight into their shows.

Make sure you put the right time in the Programme! I didn’t at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, much to the amusement of all my friends and peers!

Name Elsie Diamond

Show Elsie Diamond: The Sensible Dresser

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a burlesque artist, compere and singer but like most people in the arts I also sometimes have a day job. Mine happens to be a dresser in the costume department of various theatres and TV companies.

Can you tell us a little bit about your show, what can we expect?

The show is set backstage in an opera house and explores the stars’ behaviour when they are not on stage. The show is told through song, spoken word, comedy and striptease!

Why did you decide to perform your show at the Brighton Fringe?

Brighton is an exciting place with a fun-loving crowd. It’s one of my favourite places to perform and as the show was debuted here at the wonderful Metrodeco it feels like it’s having a homecoming.

What makes your show different?

It’s not only an insight into a world no one gets to see, it’s also a quite unique use of burlesque within a story. Although the show is still filled with the sexiness, innuendo and big costumes you would expect from a burlesque performance, there are also some quite sentimental and sad parts, so bring your tissues!

Who would enjoy seeing your show?

Everyone, I get a real mixture of people coming to watch as the songs cover a variety of styles and eras. It’s a good introduction to people who are new to burlesque and hardened burlesque fans enjoy seeing it used in a different context.

What has been the best advice you have been given?

Make sure you put the right time in the Programme! I didn’t at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, much to the amusement of all my friends and peers!

What show, apart from yours, would you recommend at the Brighton Fringe and why?

Veronica Blacklace’s Cabaret Boheme for a full on, large scale cabaret and Briefs for amazing boylesque.

What do you think audiences will enjoy the most about your show?

Everyone takes away something different but the erotic sewing scene and the finale tend to get audiences particularly excited. What are they?……you’ll just have to see the show to find out!

Elsie Diamond: The Sensible Dresser is appearing at The Nightingale Room, 13-14, 27 May 20:30

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