Leading Australian cabaret performers and musicians (and popular hits at the Woodford Folk Festival), Christine Johnston, Annie Lee, Michele Watt and Gary Nunn, are bringing their combined comedic and musical expertise to light up the Maleny Community Centre stage on Saturday 20 March.
In a diverse and highly entertaining program designed to surprise, amuse and delight, this group of talented performers offer a satisfying night of unique and original entertainment at the MALENY ARTS COUNCIL CABARET SHOW.
Just days before they head off for a 4 week season at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Kransky Sisters will venture out once again from the intensely private world of their old family home in Esk. This time, they're driving the old Morris up the Blackall Range, set to raise bottoms off chairs with homespun versions of popular tunes heard on the old wireless that provides their nightly entertainment. The combination of blinkered outlooks, superbly droll comic dialogue about the inanities of life (as experienced by three bittersweet and restricted women) their strange behaviour, and alluring and downright hilarious brand of tune, all make for a highly entertaining brew.
The Kransky Sisters feature the enigmatic talents of Annie Lee, Christine Johnston and Michele Watt, as Mourne, Eve and Arva Kransky on their old 60's reed keyboard, guitar, musical-saw, tuba and tambourines. Their unusual musical act draws on naiveté, spinsterhood and the somewhat gothic existence that forms the world of these three eccentric sisters. At home, the walls hide a shady and dysfunctional family history.
Come and witness the lilting harmonies and offbeat humour of The Kransky Sisters. During the Brisbane Cabaret Festival 2003, their show was reviewed "as creepy as it is hilarious … and best of all, original. Could have watched them all night", by Emma Nelms. John Mangan from The Age Melbourne wrote, "simply fantastic. Brooding, gothic and unhealthily co-dependent, The Kranskys are deservedly an institution".
To kick off the evening, the astonishing talent and vocal chords of Christine Johnston (Madame Lark) performing some of her highly acclaimed vocal specialties (don't forget your copy of What Bird is That?). Then, the outstanding talents of Annie Lee who rivets audiences with her intriguing and eccentric 1920's German Kabarett songs. Both will be accompanied by the brilliant Gary Nunn on piano accordion. The night will be hosted by the surprising talent of Coral Grimshaw from Kin Kin.
If only you'd had the courage to visit those weird old aunts of yours years ago, you wouldn't have had to wait till now to experience some of the joy The Kransky Sisters have to offer - a night of Cabaret that will definitely make you wish you HAD dared to visit the 'old witch's house'. An absolute must see! This is rare, exciting, whimsical, warm and wonderfully polished entertainment. It is well worth your visit!!
FOR BOOKINGS OR MORE INFORMATION ON THE MALENY ARTS COUNCIL CABARET SHOW - phone Maleny Arts Council's Joan Benson - (07) 5494 2708.
TIME: 7.30 pm
DATE: Saturday 20 March 2004
VENUE: Maleny Community Centre, Maleny
COST: $25 adults; $20 Arts Council Members
TICKETS: Top Notch Secretarial, 25 Maple St, Maleny - 5494 3677
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