Photo - Kerry Ghais / Sky One
Nashville country and western diva Tina C, bidding to run in the 2008 presidential race brings a message of reconciliation to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and people of Australasia. She is on a mission to heal with her love and the sweet sounds of country music.
Taking her presidential aspirations very seriously, she delivers speeches from the lectern while also singing originals as well as covers like ‘Truck Driving Woman.’ This segues beautifully to the introduction of Auriel Andrew, Arunda woman and Australian country music legend. Andrew’s banter with Tina C is endearingly effervescent and her dulcet singing voice is moving, particularly when singing ‘Brown Skin Baby’.
Tina C wantonly shares her opinions of what’s needed on the reconciliation front in Australasia. Not before sharing all the love she has to give with the audience by mesmerising the crowd with her allure then ordering audience members to hug each other. Once the room is humming with love and a group sing-along, she broaches the more difficult issues of OA (Old Australian) and NA (New Australian) relations. The abbreviation is due to Tina’s personal issues with pronouncing Aboriginal and Indigenous. This is the least of her worries when it comes to cultural misunderstanding but in true superstar style she rolls with the awkward moments and puts her hilarious spin on the situation.
Tina C is billed as having legs of a supermodel and
the brain to match but Christopher Green, the writer and performer, is
one clever and talented man. He is an astute observer, a great country and
western singer and very quick comedian, ready to fire back at hecklers who are
strongly encouraged. His “outside eye” through the self-centred Middle American
Tina C gives a sharp and wry view on Australasia’s political
placement on the global and local stage. John Howard even makes an appearance
(only his puppet makes the engagement) but he is there none the less and even
says sorry with a little encouragement from Tina C. Hell yeah Tina!
Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word
Christopher Green (as Tina C) and Auriel Andrew (special guest)
Part of the 2007 Adelaide Cabaret Festival
13, 14, 15 & 16 June at 9.15pm
$36 / Conc. $32
1 hr 15 mins
BASS or 131 246