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Willing, able and DiVine

There's more to burlesque than a strip tease and there's more to this garden than beer.

The Beer Garden of Eden is a mix of burlesque beauties and a hillbilly country music romp set for tomorrow night in Lismore.

Jimmy Willing and The Real Gone Hick-ups, Black Train, The Ragtag Band and burlesque stars including Bertie Page are capping off the year with a night of frivolity.

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Page, who got hooked on burlesque while studying drama at Queensland University of Technology, says the artform is more than just a striptease.

"I was attracted to the more performance-oriented side of things," she tells Pulse. "Less straight striptease, more a-singin' and a-dancin' - the whole shebang."

She soon took part in a long standing burlesque show in Brisbane and has never looked back.

Page is currently touring in Japan with her band Bertie Page Clinic who she toured extensively with this year including the UK, Europe and Papua New Guinea.

One aspect she says is vital for all her perform- ances is comedy.

"So much burlesque is overly serious and obsessed with simply looking pretty and going through the motions of the so called 'striptease'," she says. "Comedy happens naturally in burlesque; if it's not funny you're doing it wrong."

After an incident with some dairy at the last `event, Page will be more cautious with her props.

Though Page says not to turn up with any expectations, she did give away a few hints.

"Buffalo girls, feather fans and Catholic schoolgirls..." she says are a part of the show, but "don't forget to add good ole spirituals and Italian opera."

Now that's an interesting mix.

The Beer Garden of Eden with Jimmy Willing and The Real Gone Hick-Ups, Julz DiVine and Bertie Page is on tomorrow night at The Northern Rivers Hotel, North Lismore, 8pm. Free.


 



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