Who is Lilly Loca?

Photo by FROGER

Photo by FROGER

"Putting the Va-Va-VOOM into Vaudeville!"

Lilly Loca is somewhere between a film noir Femme Fatale and the Pink Panther: lithe, glamorous and totally mischievous. She is both headliner and headmistress, chameleon and comedian, seducer and showgirl…Whatever the performance, you’re in safe, spectacular, and ever so sparkly hands. 
 
Lilly Loca is one of New Zealand’s most well known and decorated burlesque performers and MCs. As the reigning national title holder of Supreme Grand Tease 2017, as well as the many other accolades she's acquired under her sparkly garter belt, she has also travelled and performed overseas everywhere from Hollywood to Hamilton. She has performed her mixture of classical and gender bending performances at over 160 burlesque shows alone (not counting theatre or other performance events) many of which have been well documented by the NZ media. She is a regular with TV Three and the New Zealand Herald crowned her “Queen of Burlesque.” 
 
Alongside her performing career, Lilly is one the of country’s largest burlesque show producers, owning Va Va Voom Productions, who specialise is burlesque, cabaret and vaudeville shows and events. She also runs Bambina Burlesque Academy, a school for aspiring bumpers and grinders. Not only that, she is also the headmistress and MC for Dr Sketchy Auckland, which offers art monkies a fun, unique space to draw and be entertained. 
 
Lilly also likes to combine elegance with eloquence, featuring in The Dominion Post, New Zealand Geographic, The Herald on Sunday, The Rock FM and Express magazine. She has worked closely with leading brands such as Sky City, The Dust Palace, Carousel Cabaret and New Zealand Fashion Week. She has performed and collaborated with internationally renowned acts such as Perle Noire, Queen of the Burlesque Hall of Fame 2016 Miss Poison Ivory, Venus Starr and Mika Haka. In addition to her performing, she has also modelled internationally for publications such as Sinical Magazine, whose alumni include the likes of Dita Von Teese. 
 
She is also a festival regular, and Supreme Grand Tease 2017 as well as the Grand Tease Hamilton 2017 winner. She holds the awards for 'Best Neo' 'Most Comedic,' 'Most Innovative', 'Most Creative' and 'Best Costume.' At the NZ Golden Garter Burlesque awards, she was a finalist for 'Best Costume', 'Favorite Mentor', 'Favorite Producer', and 'Contribution to the Burlesque scene.' She has appeared at some of the world’s largest festivals including the Australian Burlesque Festival and the Hollywood Burlesque Festival. She also placed 3rd in NZ's inaugural national Drag King competition, King of all Kings 2017.
 
Lilly Loca is exactly as her name suggests, beautiful, exotic and with a dash of delicious craziness. 
 


Who is Nat Hugill?

Photo by Brian Lowe

Photo by Brian Lowe

The powerhouse behind Lilly Loca is Natalie Hugill, professional actress, model and theatre teacher. Her professional career began at an early age with Uxbridge Theatre Company, and she went on to graduate from Auckland and Waikato universities with a degree in Literature, Classical Studies and Theatre. She is a well established Theatre Studies teacher, teaching at ThePerformance.Net, Onehunga High School and Western Springs College.
 
Natalie has starred in various TV and theatre roles, combining both her talents for theatrical acting with her natural hilarity and MCing talent. She has starred in TV and music productions including Legend of the Seeker and lead in KPS, Stauny (Shineshine Sound Systems) and OJ (Central Records) music video "Thinkin". She was the lead role in the Rialto cinema screened film, Roman Candle, starred in award winning 48 Hour Film Festival film, “Standing In Your Shoes” and also appeared in productions including Oliver Twist, Patrick Graham's Lost Girls, and Tom Sainsbury’s take on Titus Andronicus. 
She combines her talent for the traditional with her love of the hilarious in her MCing work. She regularly MCs for her Va Va Voom productions as well as the long running Dr Sketchy show, Auckland. 
 
She is also an established dancer, being extensively trained in ballroom and latin dancing as well as hip hop and aerobics.


“Lilly Loca gets a standing ovation from the crowd. “Gary! Gary! Gary!” they chant. After the show, she’s mobbed by Americans requesting Gary everywhere from Las Vegas to Arizona.

...”Everyone is high, exhilarated, exhausted and enthralled by Gary’s exotic hilarity. It’s exactly what they need right now.”
— Verity Johnson - Wordsmith, Journalist & Media Personality

NOTABLE AWARDS & ACCOLADES

  • Supreme Grand Tease 2017 - Winner of the Grand Tease Finale 2017.
  • Awarded 'Best Neo' and 'Best Costume' at Grand Tease Finale 2017.
  • Winner of Grand Tease Hamilton Regional Heats 2017.
  • Awarded 'Most Innovative', 'Most Comedic', 'Most Creative' and 'Best Costume at Grand Tease Hamilton Heats 2017.
  • Third Place Winner at the inaugural King of all Kings Pageant 2017.
  • FINALIST for 'Best Mentor' for the 'Golden Garters' Awards by the New Zealand Burlesque Festival 2015.
  • FINALIST for 'Best Producer' and 'Contribution to the NZ Burlesque Scene' for the 'Golden Garters' Awards by the New Zealand Burlesque Festival 2013.