Trump-Hanson romance is basis of Kelly Curran’s Fringe World play


Grace Ah-Quee, Kelly Curran and Zoe Van Drunen star in The Ginger Wave.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie        d464682
Grace Ah-Quee, Kelly Curran and Zoe Van Drunen star in The Ginger Wave. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        d464682

WHEN Scarborough performer Kelly Curran wrote a musical comedy about Donald Trump and Pauline Hanson, she found she had no shortage of material.

Curran’s show, The Ginger Wave, debuts at Fringe World tonight and explores the idea of a Trump and Hanson romance, and a worldwide takeover scheme orchestrated by the pair.

“Part of the original concept was to see how many of their quotes I could get in the song lyrics,” she said.

“When you hear their quotes, it could be either one of them; they have the same rhetoric and the same anti-Muslim, anti-immigration type sentiments.

“I thought maybe that’s because they got together years ago and planned this whole takeover of the world without us knowing.

“The final song is called Ginge-immigration. the ginger-only immigration policy they want to put in place.”

A WAAPA music composition graduate, Curran composed all the music in the show and wrote the lyrics. She will be backed by a three-piece band.

“I included some Arabic influences because obviously they are so opposed to that, so there are a few Arabic rhythms in the songs,” Curran said. “The audience can expect to be swept away into an orange ocean of thrills, political passion and titanic egos.

“To reference Trump’s press secretary’s recent phrase, we will be presenting an evening of ‘alternative facts’.”

While the show is a comedy, Curran said there was a strong underlying message of acceptance and inclusion.

“In a way, it is a protest piece; comedy is a great way to put those views forward,” she said.

“I don’t want to lecture people but it gives them food for thought about issues in the media recently to do with immigration.”

This is her third time performing at Fringe World.