30 episodes

Join hosts Ferrero Rochelle and Rosie Verbose as they explore the topics of mental health and creativity, with a different artistic guest each time. New episodes every fortnight!

Invisible Cabaret is a performing arts troupe exclusively devoted to exploring mental health. Through burlesque, comedy, original music and more, the troupe seeks to express and question assumptions and expectations surrounding mental health. Will you STRIP AWAY STIGMA with us?

Find out more at www.invisiblecabaret.org and come to a show when it's safe to do so!

The Invisible Cabaret Podcast: Mental Health & The Arts Invisible Cabaret

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Join hosts Ferrero Rochelle and Rosie Verbose as they explore the topics of mental health and creativity, with a different artistic guest each time. New episodes every fortnight!

Invisible Cabaret is a performing arts troupe exclusively devoted to exploring mental health. Through burlesque, comedy, original music and more, the troupe seeks to express and question assumptions and expectations surrounding mental health. Will you STRIP AWAY STIGMA with us?

Find out more at www.invisiblecabaret.org and come to a show when it's safe to do so!

    ‘F*ck the Rules, F*ck the Boxes’: Burlesque, Burnout & Body Positivity with TRIXIE KIXX

    ‘F*ck the Rules, F*ck the Boxes’: Burlesque, Burnout & Body Positivity with TRIXIE KIXX

    Ferrero Rochelle & Rosie Verbose are joined by professional dancer & burlesque artiste, Trixie Kixx! Trixie is a powerhouse queer woman with a passion for body confidence centred around how movement makes us feel, not what we look like. She regularly performs with House of Burlesque and teaches lessons in London and online. She's also a Queen Crystaller (read, the gateway drug for Rosie Verbose's stoning obsession, as discussed with Sammy Sparkles!). Join us as we chat about burlesque, practising body positivity/ body neutrality as a dancer, and more.

    CW: discussion of weight & body image throughout

    Keep up to date with Trixie on Instagram: @trixiekixx, and follow her work with House of Burlesque & Off The Rails Studios while you're at it! Trixie teaches a class every Tuesday at 8:10pm online and in the studio at Off The Rails (@offtherails.studio), open to all women.

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    Things mentioned in the podcast:


    Trixie in action: classic burlesque strip, example routine from a class
    House of Burlesque's lockdown rehearsal process
    Tempest Rose's Gypsy monologue act
    Trixie's Bloody Mary act - photos on our social media & website; learn about Mary I here!
    Waacking (you can learn this with Mademoiselle Ginger 
    Advice on curating your social media for better mental health
    Re. curating your social media feed - see our episode with Reed Amber for more on this
    'Eleveneriefe' meme 
    Roch mentions Miss Mustardseed - check out our episode with her here (also about body positivity!)
    Hypothyroidism
    Boots Botanics skincare
    Kew Gardens


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    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

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    • 40 min
    ‘I'm A Walking Paradox’ | Brain Science & Sparkly Bras with SAMMY SPARKLES

    ‘I'm A Walking Paradox’ | Brain Science & Sparkly Bras with SAMMY SPARKLES

    This week, Ferrero Rochelle and Rosie Verbose are joined by multi-award-winning burlesque dancer and PhD student, Sammy Sparkles! This stunning performer joins us all the way from Perth, Australia, by the magic of the Interwebs to tell us tales of The Other Side, where lockdowns are scarce and Fringe Festivals are feasible... Sammy is currently pursuing a PhD in clinical neuropsychology alongside producing and performing as part of queer-femme burlesque troupe, Burlezque. What a babe.

    Head to our Instagram to see what happened when we met her gorgeous puppy, Yoshi!

    Find Sammy on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

    Full URL of the episode transcript here: https://invisiblecabaret.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/SAMMY-sparkles-TRANSCRIPT.pdf

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    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

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    • 28 min
    ‘Bonus Points If You Go To Therapy’ | Fantasy and Reality with Anti-Shamer, REED AMBER

    ‘Bonus Points If You Go To Therapy’ | Fantasy and Reality with Anti-Shamer, REED AMBER

    Years of crushing finally pay off - our favourite mental health and sex-positivity icon, Reed Amber, joins us on the podcast! You may know Reed best from her work with Florence and the gang over at Come Curious, or from their podcast, F*cks Given. In this episode, we talk to Reed about her journey from hating to advocating: her body, therapy, social media, the works. From CBT to OF to IBS, we're DTF with Reed FTW. 

    Plenty of 'adult' language in this one, you have been warned!

    CW: OCD & intrusive thoughts (3 mins to 15 mins approx); suicidal thoughts (05:53 - 06:10); brief mention of psychosis (06:14 - 06:30); body image, dysmorphia (23 mins to 33 mins approx); brief discussion of SW (33 mins - 38 mins approx) with reference to trafficking (36:30 - 37:30) and fetishes (37:30 - 38:00); brief mention of death & bereavement (39:00 - 39:30).

    Keep up to date with Reed Amber on Instagram, Twitter, OF and more. Find her work with Come Curious on YouTube and Instagram.

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    Things mentioned in the podcast:


    How to pursue therapy: some resources - NHS & self-referrals (UK), BetterHelp
    Hypochondria vs. health anxiety
    The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Macksey
    Meditation & mindfulness for panic attacks
    Parasympathetic nervous system (Reed was right first time! @ 20 mins ish)
    Bloating & IBS - signs to be aware of for similarly-presenting health conditions
    Social media addiction
    Documentary: The Social Dilemma, available on Netflix

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    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

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    • 43 min
    ‘It’s Healthy to Sweat (and Kinda Sexy!)’ | Fitness & Femininity with LENA MAE LENMAN

    ‘It’s Healthy to Sweat (and Kinda Sexy!)’ | Fitness & Femininity with LENA MAE LENMAN

    We hope you've stretched this morning, because we're chatting to performer, producer and Solid Gold fittie, Lena Mae Lenman! Lena is an irrepressible creative force, whose outlets include the Hundred Watt Club, photography (@lena_lenman_photography on Instagram) and 80s fantasy aerobic program, Solid Gold Fitness. She brings her bubbly personality to the podcast, as well as her long history of neo-burlesque performance, to inform a chat that ranges from dressing up to stripping off, and why laughing is the best of all ab workouts!

    CW: societal ideas of weight gain and how it can impact on our mental health briefly touched on throughout the discussion - no body shaming but if this may be triggering for you, please be kind to your mind and put yourself first.

    Find Lena Mae Lenman online on Instagram & OF.

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    Things mentioned in the podcast:


    Hundred Watt Club 
    Cosplay & ‘crap cosplay’ in lockdown, e.g. Spice Girls
    Solid Gold Fitness is on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube & Twitter
    Some thoughts on ‘toxic femininity’: “The Cycle of Female Rivalry"; thinkpiece on women bullying at work; thinkpiece on media pitting Meghan vs. Kate
    Imperius curse in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (please note we do not endorse JK's recent transphobic stances and are considering the magic of HP to be separate from the creator!)
    Demi Noire: check out our episode with this diva!
    Lena's Music Hall alter ego, Aunty Mae
    Libby app by Overdrive
    'How To Be Both' – Ali Smith 
    BookSwap
    'Daytripper' – graphic novel by Gabriel Bá and Fabio Moon 

    Some useful links for the mental health issues mentioned can be found on our website.

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    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

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    • 34 min
    'Reclaiming Things I Never Knew I Lost' | Corsets & Confidence with SINOPA RIN

    'Reclaiming Things I Never Knew I Lost' | Corsets & Confidence with SINOPA RIN

    Join us as we talk to the one-woman powerhouse, model/photographer/stylist/siren Sinopa Rin! Rin was gracious enough to pop her podcast cherry with Ferrero Rochelle & Rosie Verbose. We talk about the Internet modelling scene, life through the lens and regaining autonomy through self-portraits, among other ways Rin's creativity & mental health intersect.

    Find Sinopa Rin online on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok & Patreon. Check out her photography at @LenaSelkinPhotography. 

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    Things mentioned in the podcast:


    Moody Corsetry
    Kintsugi
    Waitress musical (no shade)
    To hear more on persona, check out our episode with Rubyyy Jones
    Our episode with Robert Hallow (musician Rosie mentioned)
    Rin's painting: check out her Instagram Story highlight
    The Wild Journal by Willow Crossley

    Some useful links for the mental health issues mentioned can be found on our website.

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    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

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    • 40 min
    'Someone You Love Is a S-x Worker' | Stripping Away Stigma with VICTORIA ROSE

    'Someone You Love Is a S-x Worker' | Stripping Away Stigma with VICTORIA ROSE

    Ferrero Rochelle & Rosie Verbose had a fascinating time chatting to burlesque performer, Hoxton Cabaret producer & founding member of Cybertease (a pioneering online strip club), Victoria Rose! She shares some of her experiences of how mental health, creativity and s-x work all intertwine (sorry about the censorship, blame the Internet 🙇‍♀️). We're so grateful Victoria took the time to educate us on what it's like working in the s-x industry in general, and particularly her perspective on being a SWer with Borderline Personality Disorder.

    Find Victoria Rose online on Instagram, Twitter & OF.

    Full URL of episode transcript here: https://invisiblecabaret.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/VicRose-transcript.pdf

    CW: this episode is not graphic, but we are talking about SW throughout, so we do touch on themes around s-x and the dangers involved. There's also some coarse language from the start.

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    Things mentioned in the podcast:


    The Jerry Springer Show 
    Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
    Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) / Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD) - for more on this, have a listen to our chats with Lucy Dickson and our very own Mouncealot!
    Hoxton Cabaret
    Cybertease: also on Twitter
    Secretary (2002)
    Some advice on working from home with ADHD
    Nordic Model & Bristol Strip Clubs - if you'd like to get involved in the activism surrounding this issue, Bristol Sex Workers Collective have some great resources. If you're the sort of person who wants to hear both sides, here's what radical feminists in favour of the Nordic Model say.
    Rochelle's Instant pot
    What is a Doula?
    Cybertease Patreon
    SW union


    Some useful links for the mental health issues mentioned can be found on our website.

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    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/

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    • 35 min

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