The defining moment of falling down the rabbit hole in to Wonderland and the one place souly responsible for my passion and my active participation no within the Burlesque world was of course, The wonderful, the spectacular, the one and only ..... The Candy Box Burlesque!
The Candy Box opened it's doors in 2006, a completely new and different expirience for Birmingham and my gosh it didn't know what was coming! and for that matter neither did I!
not that anyone knew but I was 17 at the time going to my first Burlesque show and so far not another show has even come close to the wonders of The Candy Box.
Because of some of the people I knew at the time I'd managed to get a complimentary ticket off a friend and I am so glad I did.
They definatly set the standad for any show I will ever go to again! Tey managed to get the BIG names from Dirty Martini to World Famous Bob to Anna Fur LAxis and of course the now legendary Imelda May!
Imelda May was the front singer at The Candy Box backed up by the world famous Palookaville Orchestra! with the wonderful Al on bass who of course was in the fabulous Buiscuit Boys all those years ago! Since of course Imelda and Al [as well as the other fabulous memebers] have made it big and travel world wide especially recently with Imelda's secpond albm [Mayhem] being released not too many months ago now!
Saffron and Al together made the night a real event, the vene: The Glee club was perfection! The artist names written on card and put up, a live band and singer and of course everyones favourite..... The Candid Heels!!
This is THE show to measure all future shows by! those who were lucky enough to attend a Candy Box Burlesque show will know what I mean and al of us will never forget those wonderful times!
I'm so happy t have found as well that on Vimeo there is now a channel to watch all the old Candy Box videos which I have spent countless hours watching!
I was lucky enough to meet Saffron when I was very little when she came round to look after my brother and I on evening! we thought she was amazing, from her pink hair to her Pink ladies jacket to her stories of buying a Frenchy doll from a memorabilia fare even though they wanted to sell them as a set she just wanted Frenchy! She's one fabulous doll!