Chaz Royalâs ten-year anniversary
The Canadian cabaret producer celebrates a decade of decadence
In 2002, Canadian Mark Henderson hit upon a new name and a new business when he began producing burlesque shows as Chaz Royal. He’s been one of the international scene’s leading showmakers ever since, with events ranging from London Burlesque Week to this year’s Edinburgh run of ‘Sexy Circus Sideshow’. Ahead of his ten-year anniversary shows at Bush Hall, Ben Walters asked Chaz to plunder his scrapbook for some key moments in his journey…
The Fluffgirls hit the UK, 2004
‘After the first tour, I had relocated to Toronto and by summer 2004 decided to start booking a new tour for an updated version of the Fluffgirls. We embarked on a three-week tour of Canada with a handful of US dates and shortly after crossed the Atlantic for two weeks of shows in England and two weeks in Europe.
‘Burlesque in 2004 was still rather novel with not many venues willing to schedule shows, so we piggy-backed on existing club nights and rock concerts. Our favorite and most beautiful venue on the tour was at the Empire Theatre in Middlesborough. The venue manager set up a daytime photo shoot for the girls and we had a blast exploring the legendary grounds and snapping shots.’