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Illumini Event 2012 Illumini will take you on a journey of Victorian hauntings, explore the dark side of a city long forgotten. Take torch light tours beneath the haunted streets of the city





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Artist Location:
Carmarthenshire, Wales


Lilly Laudanum (aka Ronnie Kerswell-O'Hara), burlesque performer and actress has been performing in many different disciplines ever since she can remember.

 With 20-plus years professional performance experience, Lilly has fronted many bands, has been a character model and actress and even enjoyed a four year stint at The London Dungeon where she ran the actor's company, writing scripts and devising ‘horrible history-type' shows. As she always says, “you can take the girl out of the Dungeon, but you can't take the Dungeon out of the girl”, some of that camp horror can be found in her routines.

Since 2009 she has performed solo and as part of successful Swansea burlesque duo The Bay Belles and her cheeky comedy routines, which focus on the historical, has taken her all over the UK. She is a trained belly dancer and costumier, regularly supplying top UK and International attractions including the Dungeons (Amsterdam, London, York, Edinburgh, Warwick Castle, Blackpool Tower and more...) brand and living history facilities such as Wales' Llancaiach Fawr Manor. Lilly also runs the bi-monthly burlesque nights Bluestocking Lounge, which cover Swansea and South Wales and is a co-founder of the Welsh Burlesque Festival.



'Making the historical hysterical', Lilly Laudanum is a burlesque artiste whose playful parodies and gory stories combine Carry On-style humour, camp horror of Hammer, a pinch of Victoriana, a smudge of Steampunk and the flamboyance of Dame Barbara Cartland in a titillating tonic. 


“That was so, so wrong on so many levels… but so right!” Quirky, producer of Exeter's Kinky & Quirky's on Lilly's homage' to Barbara Cartland, A Novel Way To Go

“Lilly Laudanum is our new favourite burlesque act. She combines all the essentials of burlesque brilliance; cult camp themes, make-up and costuming and a sexy confidence. Lilly Laudanum is not to be missed.” Miss Bubbles, producer of Elysian Nights, London.

“Awesome, saucy and gorgeous.” Tankus The Henge

“Fabulously vile!” Tuesday Laveau, show producer, trans-Atlantic booty-shaker and International burlesque artist. 



Lilly Laudanum is a versatile performer, able to perform at any event and private function (she's performed at everything from poetry, cabaret and burlesque nights to festivals, fetes, alongside bands at gigs and even as a walkabout entertainer for Leah Wood's 21st birthday party which was held at the London Dungeon). Her characters can also be hired for more family-friendly occasions such as 'meet and greet' and interactive walkabout performances, while her 'Barbara Cartland' character can be hired as a compere and regularly appears as 'agony aunt' on the Rock Show Live, broadcast internationally. 


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