Thursday, 9 August 2012

Playing with fire

A couple of weeks ago I spent a few hot and smokey hours in a warehouse in Birmingham learning the basics of working with fire. It's a skill I've been wanting to learn for such a long time and I was so excited to finally get started! The workshop was run by Red Sarah, a very well known and respected circus and burlesque performer from London.

There were four of us in the class and after running through all the health and safety issues and selecting our equipment we took it in turns to get the feel of the fire on our skin, building up our confidence and reducing our arm hair as we went! The first time I touched the wick to my tongue was a strange experience but the taste wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting and I managed to extinguish the fire on my first try at eating it *smug*.

It was such a fun afternoon and I highly recommend Sarah as a teacher if anyone else is thinking of having a go. Details of her workshops are on her website (linked above).

Lovely wooden handle fire sticks bought from Red Sarah

New use for a champagne ice bucket!

Essential fire gear

I took a little video at the end of the afternoon but it won't load here :(  I'll try and fix that and post it later.

I've been practising whenever I can in my garden, inbetween the torrential rain and gail force winds, and I think I've freaked my neighbours out a little.... and the dog. So watch this space for a fire eating burlesque act. I already have a great idea in my head and have started making the costume already!

This Saturday is our 3rd birthday at Dr Sketchy's Nottingham! We have performances from Marianne Cheesecake and Coco Malone and modelling from Eliza DeLite. We have so many surprises in store and a prize table busting at the seams with goodies for our audience, including another massive stack of comics from our newest sponsor Page45, the only place to get comics in Nottingham (and I'm not just saying that because they sponsor our show, they are truly awesome and really know their stuff!)

Will I see you there?