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Tina C tackles race relations with comedy, cabaret and country music

Tina C tackles race relations with comedy, cabaret and country music

CREATED ON // Monday, 30 June 2014 Author // Cec Busby

Multi-award winning performer Christopher Green brings his comic creation Tina C to life in a tongue-in-cheek show about race relations and reconciliation.

Writer, performer, comedian, musician – Christopher Green wears a lot of hats, and this month he will be donning them all when he brings his new show, as alter-ego Tina C, to the Substation.

In Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word, Tina C will cast her eye across the reconciliation process and use the “healing power of country music” to further her message of love to the inhabitants, new and old of this wide brown land.

Green says he first decided to tackle the subject of reconciliation after listening to a CD called Buried Country about Aboriginal country music.

“I had visited Australia many times by then but always felt that I was missing out on understanding something fundamental about Australian life in not engaging with Aboriginal people” Green tells SX.

“I wanted to know more, but I didn't want to be an English fella wading in to a hotbed of ongoing cultural tension and making live art about it. The country music connection was all I needed to create a framework that enabled me to ask questions.”

VIDEO: Check out Tina C performing a medley o Aboriginal country music

Green describes Tina’s new show as “angry, urgent and political” but says she always delivers any message as “slightly trashy, light entertainment”. He suggests his alter ego’s naivety is also a useful tool when it comes to engaging with the audience.

“Tina is the perfect vehicle for tricky subjects and this is certainly that.” Green says. “But the fact that the show is at heart about country music keeps it from being too weighty or too worthy.

“Tina has a genuine desire to understand things outside her experience but her world view is so strong that everything has to be filtered through the prism of being American, being famous, being high status and being educated primarily on tour buses on freeways in Middle America. That filtering hopefully helps the audience to look at subjects in a different way too, as well as being funny – let’s not forget that!”

Green hopes by visiting the idea of reconciliation through Tina’s eyes, the audience will discover a new understanding of the process.

“I hope audiences will have that experience of having something they have known about all their lives presented in a slightly different way, so that something that might have seemed entrenched suddenly seems possible.”

Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word, Thursday July 10 and Friday July 11, The Substation, 1 Market Street, Newport. thesubstation.org.au


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Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and online editor of GayNewsNetwork.com.au

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