Podcast Episode 6 – Toxic Positivity and Dancing Through Life with Belle Bluestocking

You can listen to Episode 6 here!

In Episode 6, regular hosts Ferrero Rochelle and Rosie Verbose joined by dancer and troupe sister Belle Bluestocking to talk about mental health and creativity, and what the two mean to her (kind of our theme, in case you hadn’t noticed). Belle opens up about dancing through her emotions, her beloved Sylvia Plath, and why ‘toxic positivity’ can be damaging to our mental health. Plus, did you know you can have a panic attack from happy excitement? Neither did we.

Belle Bluestocking is a dancer and cabaret performer. She is mid-dance here with her arms in fourth position, and one leg extended to the side. She is wearing a white, flowing, Grecian-looking mini-dress, and a gold leaf crown. She has collar-length brown hair. Her eyes are closed and she looks focused and serene. Behind her are several audience members watching on.
Belle Bluestocking – taken by Steve Gregson Photography

You can find Belle Bluestocking on Instagram as @issybee22.

Are you an artist (of any description) with a mental health story to tell? Email invisiblecabaret@gmail.com for more details about how to be a future guest on the podcast.

Things mentioned in the podcast:


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With thanks to: Matt Ennis, www.mennismixing.co.uk
Music: Shades of Spring by Kevin MacLeod, available under license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Boys Don’t Cry | Locking Down and Opening Up with Richard 'The Burly Photographer’ McKenzie The Invisible Cabaret Podcast: Mental Health & Creativity

Invisible Cabaret charters new waters this week, as we venture outside the troupe to talk about creativity and mental health with artists in other fields. And after guesting on his podcast earlier on in lockdown, how could they not put Richard McKenzie, AKA The Burly Photographer, top of the priority list! Richard is a fantastic live-event photographer, whose work has earned him international renown in the burlesque community. He joins hosts Ferrero Rochelle and Rosie Verbose to talk about how to keep motivated and inspired as a creative – even in an international crisis – as well as sharing his fascinating perspective on men's mental health and how cabaret might begin to bridge that gap. You can find Richard on Facebook as @digitalmck and on Instagram as @theburlyphotographer. CW – 15:23 brief mention of suicide. Some useful links for Men's Mental Health: CALM (for men aged 16-35); Dudes 'N' Dogs community group. *** What are you grateful for atm? Tweet @inviscabaret, DM us on Instagram, email us, or – better still – send us a voice message! *** Things mentioned in the podcast: Buy Richard's Book of Rainbows Richard's photographs from the BLM demonstrations and many more are available to purchase in this book Luscious Cabaret, run by Lady Luscious Museum of London's appeal for Covid collection contributions Councillors pointing at things Reading Fringe Festival The Scarlet Vixens (on Instagram as @thescarletvixens) Harlem Nocturne John Cooper Clarke – some of Richard's recommendations: Kung Fu International & I Wanna Be Yours Paulus's original song, 'Tribe' *** Edited and mixed by Matt Ennis, www.mennismixing.co.uk Music: Shades of Spring by Kevin MacLeod , available by license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ http://www.invisiblecabaret.org — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/invisible-cabaret/message
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  3. 'Everybody Loves Parfait' | Grease and Grace with Burlesque Queen and Drag King, Petit Pois
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