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21 April, 2021

Rainbows in the Gemfields

National drag celebrity Wanda D'Parkes is set to grace the stage at the New Royal Hotel in Rubyvale


Wanda D'Parkes struts her stuff on stage. PHOTOS: Supplied

PRIDE is set to hit the Gemfields this weekend with the appearance of cabaret entertainer Wanda D’Parke performing at the New Royal Hotel in Rubyvale.

The award-winning Queensland drag performer first visited the area three years ago and impressed New Royal Hotel publicans sufficiently they asked her to return this year.

“Initially, we were a little nervous to bring such a unique type of entertainment to our pub, but locals and visitors loved Wanda and so this weekend we are excited for her to return for our Friday charity night Blingo, which raises funds for Leukaemia Research and a special Drag’n’Dine spectacular on the Saturday,” Mrs MacFarlane said.

“Many of the guests coming along are making a full weekend of the show and staying in the Hotel’s log cabins, which will be great for our local economy.”

Ross Waghorn (Wanda) is the star of the SBS documentary Bowled Over, which had its debut in January on the series Untold Australia.

The documentary charted Mr Waghorn’s involvement, as part of a group of drag performers, who assisted the North Ipswich Bowls Club from financial turmoil almost a decade ago, thanks largely to the success of their drag show Taboo.

Mr Waghorn said he was excited to return to the stage after battling body image issues and returning to his home town of Biloela.

“I’m totally going for it and want to take the girl from Bilo on the road around Australia before ultimately hitting the stage at west End in London,” he said.

For more information on the performance contact the New Royal Hotel in Rubyvale on 4985 4754.


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