Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre
Reviewed 8 December 2016
This trio of ladies from rural Queensland have a unique way of looking at life and Christmas, leading to a hilarious couple of hours for their privileged audience. Playing to a packed house the sisters sang and joked their way through their idea of Christmas.
In their trademark uniform of spotted blouses, black skirts, black ‘Nana Miscouri’ wigs, but with an extra large red bow, they entered the stage to enthusiastic applause. Along with the family traditions and the slightly modified Christmas songs and carols, they gave us medleys of popular songs which included an interesting snippet from Michael Jackson’s Thriller and a nightclub section with pieces from Somebody That I Used To Know, Swing From The Chandelier and Gangnam Style. They gave their own particular treatment to Pop Music and a new twist to The Sound Of Silence.
Although some of their instruments are somewhat unusual, they are accomplished musicians; no backing tracks here. Mourne (Annie Lee) on guitar and keyboards; Eve (Christine Johnston) playing keyboards, saw and anything else that comes to hand, like a toilet brush; whilst Dawn (Carolyn Johns) is more than proficient on the tuba; and they all sing and harmonise. Those deadpan looks hide a wealth of vocal and comic talent.
Two gentlemen in the audience were selected for a special treat! They were coaxed onto the stage and kitted out with the Kransky uniform and enisled for a few songs – much merriment ensued! Both were good sports and joined in the fun willingly.
Towards the end of the performance the sisters gave us their version of Sail Away, encouraging audience participation especially in Highway To Hell. They did not disappoint die hard fans and I am sure created a few new ones, leading to a standing ovation.
If you can grab a ticket to this fun show, it will brighten your festive season considerably.
Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Venue: Space Theatre
Season: 8-10 December 2016
Bookings: Adelaide Festival Centre website