Creativity in Lockdown – The Invisible Cabaret Podcast (S1:E3)

You can listen to Episode 3 of the Invisible Cabaret Podcast here!

Tootsie (who also goes by Steph De Whalley) is an actress, tap dancer and cabaret performer. She is mid-tap dance here, looking cheerfully at the floor. She is wearing a red sleeveless dress, knee length, which is half-covered by a red checked apron, and black heeled tap shoes. Behind her is a table with a wrapped present and a vase of flowers on it. We can just see a couple of audience members behind her who are enjoying her dance.
Tootsie, photographed by Steve Gregson at Vault Festival

This episode, Ferrero Rochelle and Rosie Verbose are joined by Invisible Cabaret troupe member, Stephanie De Whalley, AKA ‘Tootsie’, known for her fancy footwork and heartfelt performances. Join us as we chat about staying connected to your craft and creativity in lockdown, even in the midst of burnout. You can find Steph online at @stephdewhalley. She is represented by Simon & How.

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Mixed by Matt Ennis

Music: Shades of Spring by Kevin MacLeod, available via Creative Commons license 4.0

Photo credit: Steve Gregson Photography

‘If You Don’t Have Mental Health Issues, You’re Not Paying Attention’ | Persona, Queerness and Raaage with the Iconic RUBYYY JONES The Invisible Cabaret Podcast: Mental Health & Creativity

We are massively fangirling because the queerlesque LEGEND, RUBYYY JONES, joins us on the podcast today! Rubyyy gives us perspective, wisdom and life as they expand on all things creativity and mental health. How do we create sustainable performance rooted in real feeling? How do we keep seeing the beauty in the world when it's also cruel and gross? How will London ever recover from Rubyyy moving back to Canada?!? All this and more in today's episode. Check out Rubyyy's website and Patreon for lots of wonderful, creative, workshoppy, wisdommy goodness. CW: George Floyd's murder (21:08 – 21:25); survivor's guilt and infant death (32:11 – 32:52 & 35:16 – 35:35) Some useful links for mental health issues mentioned in this episode: anger issues; mental health impacts of racism & Black Minds Matter; survivor's guilt & PTSD; substance abuse *** What are you grateful for? You can message us on Facebook, Tweet us at @inviscabaret or DM us on Instagram (@invisiblecabaret) whenever you want to #GetGrateful. *** Things mentioned in the podcast: RuPaul controversy: a handy guide AFAB definition Neurodivergence: learn more & get support Ep with Robert Hallow on anger George Floyd and lockdown: a think-piece on the impact RVT (Royal Vauxhall Tavern) Familyyy Fierce collective in Polari magazine Kew Gardens *** Edited and mixed by Matt Ennis, Music: Shades of Spring by Kevin MacLeod , available by license: — Send in a voice message:
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