Sophie deLightful is a versatile performer and renowned producer, with a natural wit, cooling demeanour and an unnerving cheek. She is classy yet brash, heavenly yet devilish, and all the time brimming with sparkles and glitter. In a world which judges all too quickly on swipe-left likeability, this accomplished cabaret singer, burlesque performer and MC aims to teach that you shouldn’t always judge a book by its dreadlocked cover.

Dipping her stilettoed toe into the burlesque scene first in London in 2009, she performed in newcomer competitions and showcases, and soon started to attract stand-alone gigs at various events and bars around the iconic city. It was, however, a return to the stage in Melbourne as a cabaret performer which really got things moving for this powerhouse. Since 2015, she has forged a name for herself in the cabaret scene as producer of multiple productions (listed above), with more in the pipeline. 

Adaptable and reliable, Sophie has entertained audiences at festivals including Wide Open Space (Alice Springs), Burning Seed (NSW), Rainbow Serpent (Victoria) and Boom Town (England). In collaboration with her creative (and thirsty) friends, she runs biannual boutique alcohol-tasting cabarets, is a driving force behind the vaudeville collective, The Odditorium and is involved with the Melbourne-based Scratch creative collective/theme camp. In the summer of 2018/19, she joined a troupe of international performers as part of the first ever Wandering Circus tour through New Zealand, and recently produced the first troupe’s first Australian tour for five weeks along the East Coast. Recently she launched GLOW, a circus arts wellbeing collective offering school holiday programs and a circus arts gathering later in the year.

As an artist and producer, Sophie deLightful believes in burlesque and cabaret as an empowering force in adult entertainment. In a larger creative field, circus arts is a source of untapped potential in increasing positive social interactions for people of all ages, improving mental and physical wellbeing, and connecting communities. 

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Mission statement:

Placing utmost importance on the respect between producer and performer, Sophie deLightful simultaneously carries out both roles with utmost professionalism and diligence.

All contact by performers will ALWAYS receive a response and productions will strive to bring a point of difference to the vaudeville entertainment and circus community. Sophie aims to lead the market with fair and transparent payment systems for all performers.

At a typical Sophie deLightful production, you should expect an interactive audience experience carried through a central theme and complemented by a hand-picked cast of disciplines including burlesque, cabaret, fire performance, spoken word, performance art and circus.

Show-goers will be encouraged to dress up and get involved, prices will be kept reasonable and performers will always be paid a guaranteed wage for their valuable contribution.

Being part of a Sophie deLightful production is more than just showing up and performing, it’s becoming part of a community that’s a little bit raw, a little bit polished and an awful lot of fun!

Open your mind and be ready to experience something different. May your world be ever so… deLightful!!! xoxo

Photographer credits:

Sophie has been delighted to work with a number of talented photographers for photo shoots and events. Links to those who have their work featured on this website are found below with much love and gratitude:

Stuart Bucknell
Angel Leggas
Darren Clarke
Christopher Harkins
Richard Heaps
Jem King
Monika Mackowiak
Tania Pendlebury
Suzanne Balding