Wanda D’parke, QNews Ass-trologer to the Stars, heads home in October with her new show Once, Twice, Three Times a Diva. We caught with The Girl from Biloela before she returns to her roots and a special place in the heart — the Bilo KFC.
Destiny: When did you leave Biloela?
Wanda D’parke: 1982. My first love was from Rocky but moved to Brisbane. For months, I drove from Bilo to Brisbane every Friday night and then back home in time for work Monday! I don’t know how I did it but I eventually followed my heart and joined him here.
I don’t get back regularly anymore. My parents are buried there but the rest of my family moved away years ago. However, in 2020, I returned to debut The Girl From Biloela. I had a full film crew with me for the FlickChicks documentary Bowled Over. It felt just a little Superstar Returns to Humble Roots!! Lol.
I love going home for the people. Honest and to-the-point. In regional areas — no filter! They tell it like it is. I miss that. But taking this show home came about kinda by accident. My class organised a High School reunion in Yeppoon a few months ago. I never enjoyed school. I was considered ‘different’ and ‘soft’. But I went to the reunion and had a fab time. My schoolmates convinced me to sing and then those who missed seeing The Girl From Biloela insisted I should return home for an encore performance. Abracadabra… here we are.
Don’t tell anyone, but…
So, there’ll be heaps of school friends at the show and two of my brothers, Ray and Russell, are coming home for it. There are also lots of bookings from Gladstone, Rockhampton and surrounding areas. Just between us, there’s NO film crew this time and I haven’t told them that, so hopefully, they’re not coming to photobomb MY film career.
I called the show Once Twice Three Times a DIVA because I cover my favourite DIVAS, from Bette to Barbra to Celine and Tina. I’m even gonna do Kylie. Note to self: oil hip replacements for nice crisp box steps. If I survive Kylie, I’ll also sing some of my originals.
Destiny: If anyone wanted to come for the weekend, what do you recommend?
Wanda D’parke: You like off-roading and hiking? Biloela is for you. It is located within The Sandstone Wonders. Mount Scoria is a volcanic plug with animal and shell fossils. Kroombit Tops National Park has amazing off-road vehicle tracks through the bush, creek beds and rainforest. Callide Dam is the place for waterskiing, swimming, canoeing and picnics. And of course, being in the middle of great crop and cattle country, some great pub and restaurant food on offer as well.
Destiny: What’s your favourite food memory?
Wanda D’parke: Not a favourite — BUT, Mum loved tripe. She usually cooked it on the weekend, so we all fled. Once a local KFC opened, I raced off there. THAT was a history-making event… my first trip to the Bilo KFC. Of course, it shaped the future me… gotta blame the Colonel!!
Tickets online at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wanda-dparke-once-twice-three-times-a-diva-tickets-164809598947?aff=ebdssbeac or in-person through Biloela Florist. Limited tickets in person from the Biloela Bowls Club.
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