‘I be­lieve every woman wants to wear feath­ers’


BE­FORE com­ing to Heath­cote for the On Show long week­end, bur­lesque per­former Maple Rose took the time to an­swer some ques­tions. What do you like about Heath­cote/the On Show week­end?

The Heath­cote on Show week­end is an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity for a small town in ru­ral Vic­to­ria to show­case what is so spe­cial about coun­try life. As a Cana­dian who has only moved to Mel­bourne per­ma­nently about a year ago, I hon­estly hadn’t heard of Heath­cote un­til I went out to visit the Sil­ver Spoon Win­ery re­cently. The land­scape and lifestyle is all so ro­man­tic, and re­ally a dream get­away for a city-slug­ger. To show­case great food and wine along­side al­ter­na­tive en­ter­tain­ment, such as bur­lesque, re­ally gets to spot­light the beauty that is ru­ral Vic­to­rian life. What you think of the Sil­ver Spoon wines?

I re­cently opened a bot­tle of Sil­ver Spoon’s ‘Death and Taxes’ and it was a beau­ti­ful ro­man­tic drop on a cold win­ter’s night. 2018 Miss Bur­lesque Vic­to­ria Event:

I am cur­rently pre­par­ing two brand new acts to com­pete in the Miss Bur­lesque Vic­to­ria com­pe­ti­tion, hap­pen­ing June 9 at Max Watts in Mel­bourne. Vic­to­ria’s com­pe­ti­tion is one of the tough­est in the coun­try as we have a huge in­flux of amaz­ing per­form­ers who cross all styles of bur­lesque com­pet­ing for the Vic­to­rian Crown. The win­ner will then move on to com­pete at the Miss Bur­lesque Aus­tralia fi­nals in Perth in July. For this com­pe­ti­tion, we have to per­form two acts — a ‘‘tra­di­tional’’ bur­lesque act, in­spired by our pre­de­ces­sors in the art form, and a ‘‘unique’’ act, an act which is all about your own in­di­vid­ual style.

As a mu­si­cal the­atre lover, and with a child­hood of ob­sess­ing over the golden age of cinema and en­ter­tain­ment, my love of bur­lesque lies in the beauty in the vin­tage style of bur­lesque, and how the ‘golden age of bur­lesque’ has in­spired the art form to be now in the 21st cen­tury. I be­lieve every woman, in her heart of hearts, re­ally wants to wear feath­ers, rhine­stone and se­quins at some point in her life. I have just found an ex­cuse to do it every day.

Bur­lesque per­former Maple Rose (pic­tured with Paris Carr and Toby Bur­rows) will be per­form­ing in Heath­cote this week­end.

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