Meet the team
RAVEN NOIR began performing in 2012 at Secrets of the Boudoir Burlesque in Sheffield and has taken the burlesque scene by storm. Known for her amazing costumes and her dark, sultry routines, Raven has performed all over the UK, Europe and Australia!
She founded Burlesque Noir in 2014, which is held at the historic Blackpool Tower Ballroom. In 2016, Raven began her Rising Stars competition where upcoming performers compete for a slot on the Burlesque Noir line up.
She has also produced Exotica - The Tiki Ball (2017) and The Garden of Eden (2018) at the Blackpool Winter Gardens alongside Neil Kendall as a part of their Golddust Noir productions. In December 2019 they will join forces again for the Trip to the Moon Winter Carnival Ball.
Sean ‘tef’ Holloway
SEAN ‘TEF’ HOLLOWAY is an incredibly talented tattoo artist whose studio Tattau Tef is the main sponsor of Burlesque Noir. He is also Raven Noir’s supportive partner and a key voice in our team meetings.
Tef is also a proud member of Ogri Motorcycle Club who host some of the best rallies around and regularly raise money for charity.
Every year Tattau Tef studio donates one or two tattoo vouchers to the Burlesque Noir raffle and every time they are THE most wanted prize. Make sure you buy plenty raffle tickets to win the hottest tattoo voucher around with our wonderful Tef!
TALLULAH MANHATTAN began performing in 2012 at Secrets of the Boudoir Burlesque in Sheffield and has been addicted to rhinestones ever since. She has performed her style of classic striptease with a modern twist all over the UK and Switzerland.
After a short break from performing, Tallulah returned to the stage in 2018 and lit up the stage (literally) at the Haworth Steampunk Festival. She has always at least kept one glittery high heel in the burlesque world though by helping run front of house of Burlesque Noir since 2016. In 2018, Tallulah took up the whip of the show's web-mistress too.
Tallulah looks forward to greeting you all this year and hopes that you buy many raffle tickets from her!
Hong kong-born PANSY CHEUNG is a beautiful enigma of the UK burlesque scene. Trained in classical ballet, bellydance and Bollywood, she is an elegant & expressive performer with a wide range of dance influences. From Japanese Maiko & Geiko, to French cancan, pole, circus & aerial performance.
She trained with the Josephine Wise Academy of Arabic Dance (JWAAD) in London, & became a founder member of the Ashay Dance Troupe. Her solo career ignited in 2009 with a residency at Secrets of the Boudoir Burlesque in Sheffield.
Pansy has helped run front of house at Burlesque Noir since 2014 and cannot wait for you lovely audience members to buy raffle tickets from her!
RYA is the stunning daughter of Raven Noir. While she has never performed, she certainly isn't camera shy as she's modelled for various photo shoots.
Rya has been involved in Burlesque Noir from the start and helps run front of house check in every year. She is immensely proud of what her mother has created.
She also became the proud mother of twin girls Alice and Lucy in 2017. Two more beautiful additions to the Noir family.
RICHARD & JULIE STUBBS
RICHARD & JULIE STUBBS are responsible for many of the VIP goodies at 'Burlesque Noir'. As well as Raven Noir's ballroom gown.
Julie has been sewing since she was a young girl and has over 41 years experience in the sewing industry, Frustrated with being unable to find the perfect corset for herself, Julie established her business Corsets by Julie. Creating fabulous custom commissions for her clients. Julie found a rejuvenated love for sewing after being asked to make dresses and stage costumes for Raven Noir.
Richard's start in the prop making business started with making a modesty screen for Julie's stall so customers could try on her creations. Customers' interest in his screen led to him making a giant chair and then a kissing booth. While at the show the kissing booth was for, Richard met Raven Noir who admired his skill and commissioned a show stopping giant cake prop!
Since then a wonderful, working friendship has blossomed between this couple and Raven Noir. Recently Richard wowed us with the panther cage he built for Michelle L'amour's appearance at 'The Garden of Eden'.
NEAL RYLATT has been involved with photography professionally for over 38 years. He spent the majority of that time working as a police photographer and Crime Scene Manager capturing evidential images both in the UK and abroad.
Towards the end of his police career he discovered both burlesque & steampunk and now runs his own photographic business covering a events, shows, portrait sessions. Lately he has added shooting landscapes and professional basketball to the mix.
Neal has been the official photographer for all of Burlesque Noir’s events since 2016.