Growing up a Jehovah’s Witness can be a tough gig! (Believe me, I should know!!!) But growing up a Jehovah’s Witness in sleepy ol’ Launceston…..well, that’s another level altogether.
Better known as one-third of The Kransky Sisters (Eldest sister Mourne), the multi talented Annie Lee brings us a whirlwind journey through indoctrination, belief, faith, coming of age, separation, loss and discovery.
I always admire anyone who singularly stands on stage and offers up a piece of themselves. Annie Lee does just that and with great success.
There is something quite captivating about her journey. Underneath the humour, there is a quiet melancholy that occasionally rears its head. Most of us would probably leave something so personal in the past, but it is through performances like these that we are given the opportunity to experience a part of life we normally would not be privy to.
Pawn Again Christian (the title, a clever marketing ploy to fool Facebook – the word “porn” is not really liked on good ol’ FB!) has many biblical references and it is Lee’s vast knowledge of scripture that allows her to weave these into her own wonderfully humorous adolescent experience.
While Lee is an obvious storyteller, it is in her characterisations where she really shines. Her confessional priest, prying for all her salacious sins in great detail, is creepily toe curling; the Virgin Mary and the Whore of Babylon’s ‘girls night out on the town’ hilariously silly and wonderfully written; and great audience interaction through ye olde worlde spells & potion market seller, had the audience nervously tittering whilst thinking ‘please don’t pick me!’
An accomplished musician to boot, Lee’s original songs (and yes these is an audience sing along) are refreshingly clever and a welcome break from the sometimes lengthy narration.
This is a clever one woman show. A great deal of research, referencing and life experience has gone into making this the humorous and often thought provoking piece that it is. You don’t have to be bible savvy to get it – Lee does the explaining for us as she guides us through her intriguing adolescent years.