Burlesque is booming in Calderdale

Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival organisers Heidi Waddington, left, and Lizzy Goodman. Photo by James Lynch
Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival organisers Heidi Waddington, left, and Lizzy Goodman. Photo by James Lynch

Burlesque is booming in Calderdale, with crowds flocking to a dinner show and plans progressing for a major festival in 2014.

Tickets went on sale last week for next year’s Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival.

Following on from the success of the inaugural event earlier this year, the festival will feature shows in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Mytholmroyd from May 1-4, 2014.

The main attraction will be a burlesque gala show at Todmorden Hippodrome on Saturday, May 3.

Lizzy Goodman, aka Lady Wildflower, one of the festival organisers, said: “The Hippodrome is such a beautiful venue - the chandeliers, velvet curtains and opulence are the perfect setting for our gala show.”

Fellow organiser Heidi Waddington, aka Heidi Bang Tidy, said the show will be like a “post-Watershed Royal Variety performance”.

She said: “People will be talking about this show for a long, long time.”

To give people a taste of what they can expect next year, the festival team hosted a special burlesque dinner at The Venue, Barkisland.

The “Champagne and Showgirls” event was a huge success, with audience members travelling from as far away as Aberdeen to see three of the globe’s top burlesque performers.

Guests enjoyed a three course dinner with performances in between each course.

Lizzy said: “We were so honoured to have such huge burlesque stars in Calderdale and the show was incredible - a real career highlight for me.”

Heidi said: “If someone had told me 12 months ago that we would host a show with the reigning Queen of Burlesque in Calderdale, I wouldn’t have believed it. It truly was a very special evening.”

For more information, visit www.hebdenbridgeburlesquefestival.co.uk.