British multi award-winning comedian and theatrical innovator, Christopher Green, is set to bring his wonderfully outrageous creation, Tina C, to the Malthouse stage for the very first time.
Tina C has been hailed as one of the great comic creations of the age – a clueless, controversial and glamorous country music super star and global icon for the American way of life who is hitting our shores to explore the issues of Indigenous Australia. Her tool? The healing power of country music.
“Before I started performing I was a TV producer mainly in music and entertainment,” says Green. “I made a documentary about country music which was something I knew nothing about, and that was my road to Damascus experience. I was hooked. Tina C. was definitely the result of hearing all those strong, empowered, flashy, slightly trashy women, that appealed to me so much.”
Tina C will be joined don stage by acclaimed aboriginal country musician, Auriel Andrew OAM. This coupling may seem a little weird to some but it is based on a strong foundation explains Green: “I watched a wonderful documentary about Aboriginal Country Music called Buried Country, which I would recommend to all. I loved Auriel on that. She was witty, irreverent, charming and cheeky. I asked her to come and sing with me in Adelaide at the Cabaret Festival. She's a delight.”
Green has a solid reputation for creating shows that resonant and create truth. His own dictum includes the need to make the audience think, feel and act. His creations of alter-egos along the way has enabled him to do just that. “This might sound self-serving, but I am only interested in creating work that is truthful,” explains Green. “And I have traditionally found it easier to be truthful by not being myself. That might sound paradoxical, but many performers who are ostensibly themselves on stage are a version of themselves created for the public arena. That often feels untruthful to me. Oscar Wilde said ‘Give a man a mask and he will tell you the truth.’”
Green’s satire goes a long way to be socially conscious. After all, he is the man who brought the show Tina C’s Twin Tower Tribute to the world. This was the first comedy to tackle the tragedy of 9/11, and, by all accounts, surprised audiences and critics alike with its astute, humane entertainment. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word will be no different.
“This show is very significant to me,” says Green. “My aim is always to try and sneak up on important, tricky issues and surprise them with an entertainment approach. This is a sincere attempt to get a discussion going about the communication between all the inhabitants of modern Australia, or as Tina calls them the Older Australasians and Newer Australasians. I'm choosing to see only the advantages to being an outsider in a culture. You can ask questions and pick away at things in a way that is harder when it's yours.”
While Tina C is all about saving the world she is a savvy business woman and reminds us all to: "Share the love from your fellow human beings y'all, and most important, save the world economy by buying some of my product"
Tina C: Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word will play at The Malthouse from 21 March-14 April.