Dr Gemma Regan
I'm a writer, arts reviewer, a scientist, a UFO researcher and a Radio host for 4ZZZ 102.1FM with my show The Witching Hour exploring the paranormal, conspiracy and the esoteric. www.4zzzfm.org.au/program/the-witching-hour
Creepy Kransky Christmas Fun
Creepy Carols from the Kransky Sisters, photo Gemma Regan
For the ultimate macabre Christmas experience, you must see the Kransky Sisters, who will stuff your stockings with their gruesome humour and creepy carols. Returning with their sell-out national show, the multi-award winning musical trio, the Kransky Sisters present their annual A Very Kransky Christmas.
The sinister sisters: Mourne Kransky (Annie Lee); sister Eve (Christine Johnston) ;and half-sister Dawn (Carolyn Johns), don't get out much from their creepy old rickety family house in their hometown of Esk in Queensland. It hides a lot of secrets since their mother left in 1976, including the skeleton of a half-buried uncle and a multitude of pets who have been impaled, squashed and shredded over the years. The sombre musical sisters have left their home this Christmas to visit the QPAC to share their unorthodox and unnerving Christmas festivities.
Mourne and Eve Kransky
The choko ornaments were hung and the portraits of the Queen and an unknown handsome man adorned the stage, as the ladies celebrated Christmas the 'Kransky way.' Eve played an eclectic assortment of instruments including a toilet brush, musical saw and keys whilst Dawn humphed on the tuba and Mourne strummed the guitar. Each song had a ghoulish Kransky twist using minor chords, disturbing lyrics and unusual pacing to present an eerie take on the usual carols including 'Silent Night' and 'The 12 Days of Christmas'.
Their ghoulish lifestyle arises from the characters' very sheltered existence and often gruesome experiences. Matriarch Mourne and Eve, the subservient sister, related sinister stories of the Christmases past and their disturbing, but incredibly amusing childhood of poverty outside the country town of Esk. With a strict, but wayward mother, who left them at a young age to run off with their father's brother, Mourne rules the roost rarely allowing Eve and Dawn to speak. However, Eve, who harbours secret passions to marry one day, often interjects with amusing titbits to Mourne's stories and eerily echoes many of her phrases with unnerving humour.
The Kransky's abscond two companions from the audience
Later in the show, they joined the audience and lingered until they had chosen two unsuspecting handsome men to join them on the stage. One of whom had an uncanny likeness to the handsome one in the portrait. The men were dressed Kransky-style and allowed to play tambourines without bells (as Mourne couldn't trust their musical skills!) The unsuspecting men played their parts brilliantly, even allowing Mourne and Eve to fondle them and share a lascivious kiss.
Audience members get a Kransky makeover
After a rapturous applause and encore demands, a usually passive and silent Dawn let loose with a head-banging finale, whilst the sisters carolled and gave come-hither looks to the audience participants.
A Very Kransky Christmas presented by the sinister Kransky Sisters, is a brilliant macabre music-hall introduction to Christmas, which left my jaw aching from laughing and me carolling creepy Kransky-style all the way home!