We're a Colchester Burlesque troupe of local ladies. We shimmy our tassels and whip up our skirts!

About Us

We are a troupe of four Colchester ladies who decided to stick on the tassels and take to the stage. Founded in March 2012, we are:

  • Miss Scarlet Lovealot
  • Holly High Heels
  • Fanny Darling
  • Mademoiselle Emmanuelle

Helles Belles Burlesque host evenings of burlesque in Colchester. Putting on an show with vintage themed tease and tittilation, music from the 1920s - 40s with their resident DJ Sukie, and plenty of cocktails. The belles have also performed for variouns vintage fairs, alternative wedding shows and themed evenings in Colchester, Frinton, Chelmsford, Norwich and London.

They also recently performed in the cabaret tent at the Chelmsford Fling Festival alongside Britian's Got Talent burlesque performer Beatrix Von Bourbon.

"Holly High Heels, Fanny Darling, Mademoiselle Emmanuelle and Miss Scarlet Lovealot have quite a following in Colchester, as well as taking the international LOVE language of burlesque outside of Britain’s Oldest Recorded."
~ Colchester Chronicle

"...the girls differing styles, body shapes and personalities brought different feels to each of their performances- and what was wonderful that none of the girls outdid each other but all complemented each other to bring a fantastic and entertaining show."
~ Lesley's Girls Vintage

"You girls were brilliant, I love how your different personalities come through in your performances."
~ Niki Dedham Bell
 

Photo: Neil Lewis, Behind Burlesque, 2012

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Next Event

Saturday 15th March, 7.30pm til midnight
Colchester Arts Centre

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Join Helles Belles burlesque and friends for a ‘Quentin’ themed evening with the best party hosts in town, Tea & Sympathy, for their upcoming themed bar night held at the Colchester Arts Centre. Crisp? Tarantino? Blake? You decide!

Expect exquisite jam jar cocktails, performances from the Belles, Nothing up our Sleeves, Illoomiloonies, Fyreflies, plus special guest Jo Lee. Tunes to keep you dancing from SneakerSounds. Plus a Jack Rabbit Slim Dance Competition.


Get inspiration here
Email alittlesympathy@gmail.com to book your ticket.
£10 each, or £11 from the Arts Centre Box Office when it opens.

Cash bar only!
 

 

Previous Shows

Pin Ups & Sailors
Friday 21st February @ Gods bar in Liquid Colchester

We performed for a Pin Ups & Sailors theme at Pheonix, Colchester's biggest LGBT nightclub. Our beautiful belles Holly High Heels & Scarlett Lovealot performed on the night.



Down the Rabbit Hole

Saturday 1st February @ Hythe Lightship

We went DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE for an Alice in Wonderland themed evening with Tea & Sympathy. With DJ Fettdog and performances from: Helles Belles Burlesque, Nothing Up Our Sleeves, Fyreflies
Off with her head! It will got curiouser and curiouser. Holly High Heels transformed into the Queen of Hearts and Miss Fanny Darling was the smoking caterpillar. 
"You're entirely bonkers, but I'll tell you a secret...all the best people are"



Helles Belles present Christmas Belles
Saturday 21st December @ St Botolph's Waiting Room

HO HO HO! Ring them belles, Helles Belles Burlesque took over the Waiting Room for an their second Christmas evening of yule time tease.
We had performances from: Miss Scarlet Lovealot, Holly High Heels, Fanny Darling and Mademoiselle Emmanuelle. There were vintage tunes from the 1920s to 50s, and electro swing throughout the night. Cocktails at the bar and a RIP ROARING crowd!

Photography by Justjaq
www.facebook.com/Justjaqphotography



Tea & Sympathy Present Gypsies Tramps and Thieves

Saturday 16th November 2013
@ The Colne Lightship

We boarded the Colne LightShip again with Tea & Sympathy to perform burlesque for their themed evening.
There was live music from Band of Fools playing a heady upbeat mixture of Balkan, Gypsy and Swing. Tunes from DJ Fettdog with some toe tapping gypsy inspired mashups, DJ Simonovich playing Electro Balkan and Swing.
PLUS freshly cooked Curry from the RedHotChiliFella, Projection and Sound in the Engine Room, Creative Gypsy Craft with Mae Kandoo, Body Painting with Tilly Falls topped off with Jam Jar Cocktail Bar.
 


Tea & Sympathy present A Nautical Adventure
Saturday 28 September @ The Colne Lightship

Burlesque on a boat! We set sail with the wonderful party hosts Tea & Sympathy for their nautical themed adventure on board the Hythe Lightship. There was the usual mix of jam jar Cocktails, performances from Fyreflies, new nautical acts from the belles, magic from Nothing Up Our Sleeves and excellent tunes from DJ Fettdog. FULL STEAM AHEAD!



Lucha Libre & Day of the Dead Night

Friday 12 July @ Tea & Sympathy

We joined in on a Mexican themed bonanza at our favourite tea den and secret watering hole Tea & Sympathy.
There was Mexican (thumb) Wrestling, chillie eating contests, burlesque from the Belles and plenty of tequila.

 


Fling Festival
Saturday 6 July @ Central Park, Chelmsford

We performed in the Circus & Burlesque tent for the Fling Festival. The Fling offers an intriguing alternative to the usual night out and alongside playful activities, stars a fabulous cast of professional artistes and Chelmsford talent who will explore, seduce and surprise your senses through performances, sideshows, poetry, a huge silent disco and much more.


Great Gatsby Bar Night
Saturday 15 June @ Tea & Sympathy, 113 Crouch Street, CO3 3HA
8pm - midnight

Our favourite vintage shop and tea den Tea & Sympathy held a night for all the Sheiks and Shebas, a Gatsby inspired decadent bar night.
We performed our very best 1920s, art deco inspired burlesque.


Helles Belles!
Friday 17 May @ Red Lion Hotel, 43 High Street, Colchester

The Burlesque Belles returned to host an evening of titillation and vintage tease at the historical Red Lion Hotel with new performances from each of the Belles. Red Lion Hotel is a Grade I listed building dating back to 1465. We will be took over the Parliament Restaurant with our new compare Baby Berlin. Blasting out vintage tunes from the 1920s to 50s from Miss DJ Sukie. Over 70 cheeky souls joined us for cocktails (one named after each of the Belles!) and candle lit cabaret seating.

Photos
View photos by Justjaq

Press
Colchester Chronicle - Red Lion Burlesque Bonanza
Grapevine Live - Burlesque is Historic Red Lion Hotel
Colchester Circle Magazine - Happy Birthday to Helles Belles
Press Cutting from the Gazette - Burlesque is a form of escapism


The Night Circus - Bar Night
Friday 26 April @ Tea & Sympathy, 113 - 115 Crouch Street, CO3 3HA


Our favourite vintage shop and tea den Tea & Sympathy hosted their infamous Bar Night themed on the beautiful, mysterious, magical, and cabaret inspired book, The Night Circus. Miss Fanny Darling from Helles Belles Burlesque performed her spooky and alluring act 'The Crow' during the evening event alongside magicians, fire breathers, and other wonderful circus and sideshow themed acts.

Photos
View photos by Deborah Cosgrove


Press
Ducking Fabulous - Stepping into the Night Circus
Twoninethree - Le Cirque des Rêves
Adventure with words - Have you visited the Night Circus?


A Most Curious Wedding Fair
Friday 19 - Sunday 21 April @ Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London

We performed and hosted a stall at the original East London Wedding Fair. It returned with a bigger, slicker outlook and we were there for the whole weekend! The design-led fair helps creative, expressive, fashion-aware and trend loving couples unite with like-minded suppliers.

Photos
View photos by JustJaq

Press
Jess Collective - A Most Curious Wedding Fair
Unique Bride Magazine - A Most Curious Wedding Fair
Snipping from Stylist Magazine
Elle - A Most Curious Wedding Fair
 


The Secret Vintage Fair
Saturday 30th March @ Colchester Castle

We featured at Colchester's biggest Secret Vintage Fair on Saturday 30th March. Strutting our stuff in some of the finest threads from the towns best purveyors of retro clothes in the Fashion Catwalk. A huge crowd braved the queues and watched us at 12pm and 2pm.

Photos
View photos by JustJaq

Press
Secret Vintage Fair Blog - Castle Fashion


A most Curious Wedding Fair
Saturday 23rd March @ The Halls, Norwich

We performed at Norwich's 'A Most Curious Wedding Fair' showcasing our twirling and whirling for all the blushing brides to be. Visitors had the chance to meet the belles at our Helles Belles stall and to find out more about our performance packages and nipple tassel workshops!

Photos
View photos by JustJaq
View photos by Charlotte Powles Photography
View photos by Joe Black Photography

Press
Uniquebride Magazine - A Most Curious Wedding Fair
Kiss My Wedding - A Most Curious Wedding Fair Today!


Hanger 39's Vintage Dance
Saturday 2th March @ The Bunting Rooms, Colchester

Two of our belles, Holly High Heels and Mademoiselle Emmanuelle showcased their burlesque best at Hanger 39's Vintage Dance.There were cocktails, retro tunes and a performance from the Jonny Hepbir Trio. It was a blast from the past!


Tassels for my Valentine
Thursday 14th February 2013 @ Curve Bar, Colchester

We held a special Valentine's Night event for all the sweet hearts and cheeky singletons. On Thursday 14th February Curve Bar Colchester transformed into a rip-roaring night of burlesque with performances from the Belles, music from DJ Sukie, all brought together by our host Vanessa Storm.


Photos
View photos by JustJaq

Press
V and Oak - Burlesque Treat on Valentine's
Colchester Chronicle - Burlesque and Valentine Beaus
Colchester Circle - Get ready for a night of burlesque

 


Helles Belles Jingle Belles
Saturday 22 December 2012 @ The Minories, Colchester

We got into the festive spirit with a Christmas themed show at the local art gallery, The Minories. It was our biggest event to date and ended with a bang!

Photos
View photos by JustJaq

Press
Colchester Chronicle - Burlesque and Baubles
 


The Colchester Scratch Night
Thursday 29th November 2012 @ Slack Space, Colchester

We hosted our first Scratch Night. It was opportunity for other local ladies (and gents) to take to the stage and showcase their fledgling acts, concepts or ideas to a supportive crowd.

Press
Colchester Chronicle - Scratching the Burlesque Itch
Event listing in the Gazette


Helles Belles Burlesque
Friday 19 October, 2012 @ Judge & Jury, Colchester

Our second night launched with a bang in the Judge & Jury basement. All new dances and a raucous crowd cheered us on!

Photos
View photos by JustJaq

Press
Colchester Chronicle - Burlesque it's back
Lesley's Girls Vintage - The Belles are back in town


Engima
Friday 28 September, 2012 @ Judge & Jury, Colchester
We were invite by Stuart to perform at Engima, Colchester’s hottest gay night for their 5th birthday alongside a burlesque themed evening.

Photos
View photos by JustJaq


The Big Bear Festival Fundraiser
Saturday 18 August, 2012 @ Judge & Jury, Colchester
Fanny Darling and Mademoiselle Emmanuelle performed for the Big Bear Festival Fundraiser,  a very special festival in memory of Sam Bearman. Raising funds for Meningitis UK.


Helles Belles Burlesque
Thursday 2 August 2012 @ Judge & Jury, Colchester
Our first event! We took to the stage at the Judge and Jury to perform our brand new routines to a fantastic audience.  There were two for one drink offers, vintage tunes from DJ Suki and our wonderful compare Joe Allen.

Photos
View photos by JustJaq

Press
Colchester Chronicle - Burlesque in Britians Oldest
Lesley's Girls Vintage - Helles Belles part 1

Lesley's Girls Vintage - Helles Belles part 2
V and Oak - Rapid return of Burlesque
Colchester Circle - New Night of Burlesque from the Belles

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