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Twinwood Festival Burlesque Photos by Lee Parker


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Richard and Kitten von Mew on the Vintage Life Magazine stand. Taken by Lee Parker

I have just received a photo CD from Lee and had to post up some of his shots from Twinwood 2012. There were so many  great ones, it was hard to narrow them down, but they deserve to be seen!  Here are some of my Lili Mewleen burlesque act from the Colonial Club and a few of my ATS fan dance at the Casablanca!

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Kitten von Mew as Lili Mewleen – Taken by Lee Parker

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Close up of original shot by Lee Parker

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“Oh nein!” Taken by Lee Parker

 

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Kitten in her Voller’s Corset by Lee Parker

 

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Clam shell kisses, taken by Lee Parker

 

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Kitten singing in the Casablanca Club in her ATS Corset by Lee Parker

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A song and a smile making life worth while! By Lee Parker

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Kitten von Mew’s ATS Fan Dance by Lee Parker

 

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Low flying Spitfires! Taken by Lee Parker

 

 

Twinwood Festival 2012


So…back from Twinwood and I can safely say that it was even better than last year. I loved the fact they had a new big marquee (The Colonial Club) and although the weather forecast threatened everything from thunder storms to hail, we were very lucky!

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Kitten von Mew with Vintage Life Magazine taken by Lee Parker

I managed to meet up with some of our friends Lola Lamour, Luna Nightingale plus David Burt, Madeleine Brown, Adam Hoffman (Mr Twinwood!) plus Leanna Faulkner (Voted 2nd in the Miss Twinwood competition), Lee Parker, Shona and Twan of Heyday, the Elliots, the girls and boys from Vintage Life and even a lovely lady that I first met on The Berliner trip!

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Kitten von Mew at Twinwood 2012 taken by Mr Mew

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Shona and Kitten, both in Heyday dresses! Taken by Mr Mew

I couldn’t wait to show Shona my Mary dress that I had embroidered with twigs of oak leaves and swallows. It was taken from a 1940’s embroidery pattern that I had found and doctored. It was my first attempt at embroidery and I was proud of my efforts! Shona was wearing one of her beautiful wrap dresses and an original hat!

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The sweet taste of success. Lee Parker licking Mr Twinwood 2012. Taken by Kitten von Mew

On the Saturday and Sunday evenings I had performances in the Colonial Club, Casablanca Club and Cafe du Bois. The big marquee was perfect for my Lili Mewleen act and although there were a few technical hitches on the first night, the routine went down very well with the audience and I got super feedback!

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Kitten in her Voller’s Corset getting ready for her Lili Mewleen act!

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In the Casablanca and Cafe du Bois Clubs I did my ATS fan dance with spitfire pasties. The atmosphere was electric in these tiny clubs and it was rather hot in there too! Shame I got poorly with a migraine so missed my last performance of the weekend, but Im so glad I made it through the rest as the audiences were fabulous!

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John Miller seems to remember me….

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Worryingly he seems to remember Richard too…

We got to see the Glenn Miller Mystery film that I was looking forward to watching in the Tin Hat Club. They had done a very good job in transferring the stage play onto film and I was pleased to see that they had used the same actors too. The fact that it was set in the buildings in Twinwood made it more real and creepy. I could see this being re-made for the big screen for sure!

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Mr Mew, taken by Kitten von Mew

One thing that completely made me wobbly was the fact that Max Raabe and his orchestra was staying at our hotel! I had a few little chats with the gents and they were lovely and wanted to try and play in England more as they only came over last year. It is amazing to think they have been around for so many years, yet the British vintage market is only just tapping into their talents!

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Max Raabe and some of his Palast Orchestra with Kitten von Mew. Taken by Mr Mew

Unfortunately when I was getting ready to go over to the small clubs, they were performing, so I had to sneak out and take a bit of video and a few photos when I could!

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Max Raabe at Twinwood taken by Kitten von Mew

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Max Raabe taken by Kitten von Mew

So roll on next year! Hope you all had a great time too, I saw soooo many people dressed up and having a good time!

Twinwood Festival 2012


Voted in the top 20 of UK festivals by The Telegraph 3 years running, Twinwood Festival is back for another great year! From 25th to 27th August, I will be there and performing Burlesque on the Saturday and Sunday evenings!

I am so excited as there will be a NEW entertainment marque, that can house 2000 people and not only will *swoon* Max Raabe be performing there…I will be too!

You will get to see my Lili Mewleen act in the Colonial Club, which was debuted at War and Peace Show this year and a fan dance with my ATS corset and some fun Gracie Fields songs to get you all singing along in Cafe du Bois and the Casablanca Club!

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Stocking Striptease by Kitten von Mew, Photography by Lee Parker

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Kitten von Mew in ATS corset, taken by Candee Photography

The fantastic Sticky Wicket band will be there, my gorgeous Madeline Brown and Lola Lamour…did I already say MAX RAABE?…and sooooo many more acts.

For a little history behind Twinwood, you may not know that this was the airfield that Glenn Miller made his last flight from, before disappearing. They have a fantastic museum on site, that you must go and visit on Sunday. It is open 10.30am til 4pm, so plenty of time to fit in some culture before you Shag on the dance floor (it’s a dance move Ma…).

Remember to save your pennies before the event as there are heaps of swell stalls selling vintage bric-a-brac, clothing, repro and Vintage Life Magazine too! Strut your stuff in the evening in a new outfit from one of the stalls!

On Sunday and Monday ‘The Last Flight’ will be shown twice daily in the Tin Hat at approx 2.30 and 7.00 each day. I saw the live stage play in Leamington Spa a year or more back and it was incredibly well done and truly spine chilling. I can’t wait to see how they have turned it into a film.

There is something going on all day and night, whether it is watching a singer, dancing to a band, learning a bit of swing or watching Burlesque, so whether you are into the 30’s, 40’s or 50’s, head on down to this amazing event!

FRIDAY EVENING
(Friday evening is open to onsite weekend camping ticket holders only)
STROLLIN’ STEVE & ROCKIN’ THE JOINT
(DANCE MARQUEE)
RICARDO GAZZINI (TIN HAT CLUB)
RUG CUTTERS DANCE (HANGAR)

SATURDAY – ARENA STAGE
PASADENA ROOF ORCHESTRA
STICKY WICKET & HIS SWING ORCHESTRA
MOSCOW DRUG CLUB
BOBBY VALENTINO & THE MUSICIANS
THE THREE BELLES AND THE BEVIN BOYS
MADELINE BROWN
THE TOOTSIE ROLLERS
RUG CUTTERS DANCERS
C&BLE DANCERS

SATURDAY – CONTROL TOWER STAGE
SI CRANSTOUN
THE HEP CHAPS
CARMEN GHIA & THE HOTRODS
OO BOP SH’BAM
GALAXIE BOB

SATURDAY – COLONIAL CLUB
MAX RAABE & PALAST ORCHESTER
KITTEN VON MEW
THE LAMOURS
CASABLANCA STEPS
HANNAH NORTHEDGE
ALEX & SERGE
THE TOOTSIE ROLLERS
TEA DANCE
FASHION SHOW
DANCE LESSONS
ALL DAY VINTAGE MARKET
AND MUCH MORE
HOSTED BY DUSTY LIMITS

SATURDAY – DANCE MARQUEE
STROLLIN’ STEVE & HIS MUSIC MACHINE
DANCE LESSONS
FASHION SHOW

SATURDAY – HANGAR
CHRIS REYNOLD’S SWING SHIFT
DANCE LESSONS

SATURDAY – TIN HAT CLUB
RICARDO GAZZINI & FRIENDS
AFTERNOON VARIETY SHOW
THE TOOTSIE ROLLERS
SINCERELY YOURS
RICHARD C PARKER
ANNIE ANDREWS
SAMANTHA HUGHES
HISTORICAL LECTURES

SATURDAY – CASABLANCA CLUB
CASABLANCA HOUSE BAND
HANNAH NORTHEDGE
MADELINE BROWN
KITTEN VON MEW
BELLY DANCING

SATURDAY – LE CAFE DE BOIS DE JUMEAU
FLEUR DE PARIS
MOSCOW DRUG CLUB
SWING MUSEUM
ALEX & SERGE
KITTEN VON MEW

LATE SATURDAY NIGHT – THE GLADE
SWING MUSEUM

SUNDAY – ARENA STAGE
MAX RAABE & PALAST ORCHESTER
JOHN MILLER & HIS ORCHESTRA
THE JIVE ACES
THE METROTONES
FLEUR DE PARIS
THE POLKA DOTS
SINCERELY YOURS
C&BLE DANCERS

SUNDAY – CONTROL TOWER STAGE
THE FIREBIRDS
CROWN TOP KINGS
PAUL ANSELL’S NUMBER NINE
LAURA B & THE MOONLIGHTERS
GALAXIE BOB

SUNDAY – COLONIAL CLUB

KITTEN VON MEW
CASABLANCA STEPS
MAINLINE BIG BAND (TEA DANCE)
ALEX & SERGE
FASHION SHOW
DANCE LESSONS
MISS VINTAGE AND MR VINTAGE PAGEANT
ALL DAY VINTAGE MARKET
AND MUCH MORE
HOSTED BY DUSTY LIMITS

SUNDAY – DANCE MARQUEE
STROLLIN’ STEVE & HIS MUSIC MACHINE
THE STROLLERS
DANCE LESSONS

SUNDAY – HANGAR
CHRIS REYNOLD’S SWING SHIFT
DANCE LESSONS

SUNDAY – TIN HAT CLUB
RICARDO GAZZINI & FRIENDS
HISTORICAL LECTURES

SUNDAY – CASABLANCA CLUB
CASABLANCA HOUSE BAND
MADELINE BROWN
KITTEN VON MEW
BELLY DANCING

SUNDAY – LE CAFE DE BOIS DE JUMEAU
FLEUR DE PARIS
MOSCOW DRUG CLUB
SWING MUSEUM
ALEX & SERGE
KITTEN VON MEW

LATE SUNDAY NIGHT – THE GLADE
MOSCOW DRUG CLUB

MONDAY – ARENA STAGE
THE BOMBSHELLETTES
KINGS CROSS HOT CLUB
THE ZOLTANS
LOLA LAMOUR
MADELINE BROWN
SINCERELY YOURS

MONDAY – CONTROL TOWER STAGE
THE REVOLUTIONAIRES
THE CAT FISH KINGS
THE JIVEOHOLICS
STROLLIN’ STEVE & HIS MUSIC MACHINE

MONDAY – COLONIAL CLUB
ALL DAY TEA DANCE
DJs RADIO FLYER, MAJOR SWING & KITTY
PLAYING THE BEST IN 30s & 40s DANCE MUSIC
AND VINTAGE MARKET

MONDAY – DANCE MARQUEE
STROLLIN’ STEVE & HIS MUSIC MACHINE
DANCE LESSONS

MONDAY – HANGAR
DANCE LESSONS

MONDAY – TIN HAT CLUB
HISTORICAL LECTURES