Burlesque theatre and jazz music show coming to Preston’s The Ferret

Posted on - 2nd July, 2023 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Music, Preston News, University campus, What's On in Preston
Selina Helliwell and Jas Nisic on stage performing Lost in Tib Street
L-R: Singer-songwriter Jas Nisic and theatre-maker Selina Helliwell

The Ferret will deliver another ground-breaking first when unique jazz music and burlesque cabaret show Lost in Tib Street comes to Preston.


Lost in Tib Street tells the story of two women in the swinging sixties, navigating their lives and joining forces to set up their own cabaret.


The cabaret-style performance, which includes an LGBTQIA+ storyline, delivers an array of classic jazz covers and burlesque dances, tied up in theatrical performance. It debuted with a sell-out tour last autumn wowing audiences with its tale of female empowerment.

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The show, which arrives in the city later this month, has been created by award-winning burlesque performer and theatre-maker Selina Helliwell and acclaimed singer-songwriter Jas Nisic.

Selina Helliwell is a well-known name in the North West theatre scene. The performer has won numerous awards, including the Best New Producer award at the Manchester Fringe Festival 2021 for The Formidable Lizzie Boone.

Helliwell performs under the name of Ember Travixen, taking the classic showgirl burlesque style and adding in romance and emotion. 

Selina Helliwell and Jas Nisic on stage performing Lost in Tib Street
Lost in Tib Street tells the story of two women in the swinging sixties

Her previous show The Formidable Lizzie Boone toured the UK after its run at the Manchester Fringe Festival with shows in London, Brighton, Buxton, Sale, Salford and Halifax. Lizzie Boone was Selina’s first step into her alter-ego Ember Travixen.

The show is produced by Nisic’s To Bee Productions. Nisic, who lists Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Eva Cassidy as her major influences, trained in Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Lost in Tib Street is at The Ferret on Wednesday 12 July. Doors are at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm.

Tickets cost ÂŁ10 and are available from Skiddle.

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