What would you do differently to what you do now?
If my sisters and I hadn’t started travelling with our music I would have liked to have invented things just like our Uncle Bellamy. He invented the high-tension wind up envelope opener. I think I would like to invent a telephone with a very long cord, so that when you are on a telephone call, the cord let’s you walk into different rooms carrying it with you while still talking. Whenever Mourne is out and the phone rings I have to stand in the hallway until the call is finished… If something is cooking on the stove it’s very dangerous. Mother always said that it’s rude to say goodbye first if someone has called you.
Who inspires you and why?
My big sister Mourne inspires me because she knows everything. Yesterday she told me that men’s shirts have buttons on the right side, and women’s blouses have buttons on the left. I learn a lot from her. I also admire my younger sister Dawn as she plays the tuba very well and can ride a bicycle very fast when holding groceries.
What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I would get out our bottle of glue, some scissors and find our father’s old map of the world. I would cut out all of the different country shapes, mix them up in a hat, and then I would take out each country one by one and glue them together end to end to make a big circle. Then I would seal it with Estapol varnish so that it doesn’t fray or get stains on it.
Favourite holiday destination and why?
My favourite holiday is to stay at home in Esk in our garden and watch the bees hop from one flower to the next… Mourne says this makes the fruit come. I also like to watch the ants find a crumb that I have dropped… I follow them along their path as they take it back to their underground tunnels. Mourne told me that they will take the crumb to the Queen… and that the bees will take her some honey. Once when we were in England we tried to drop over to the Queen’s place to deliver a rug that we’d knitted for her. I hope the ants and bees have more luck to see her.
When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
The Esk bakery has the loveliest pastries and treats. We would like to take any visitor there… and also we would show them the Esk Hospital because Dawn works there as the Trolley Librarian.
What are you currently reading?
I have never learnt to read, but Mourne likes to read out recipes to me while I add the ingredients into the pot. She also reads to me instructions about how to make Christmas decorations. I do like to look at the pictures in the magazines. They give us good ideas for our makeup.
What are you currently listening to?
We listen to the wireless whenever we can… We have one on our mantel piece that belonged to our father before he left. When we listen we sit with our musical instruments so that we can practice any of the songs we like… It gives us good ideas for songs to sing.
A feeling inside your stomach that makes you feel that everything is alright, like the smell in the air that makes you remember the fresh loaf you baked that morning.
What does the future hold for you?
I hope in the future to be able to learn The Flight Of The Bumble Bee on our reed keyboard, but Mourne says it has too many notes and to perhaps try it on the tambourine. I have heard Dawn playing it on her tuba in her laundry room. I will ask her to teach me.
Eve performs with her sisters, Mourne and Dawn in A Very Kransky Christmas at the Blue Mountains Theatre (23 November); The Alex Theatre, St Kilda (26 November – 2 December); Sydney Opera House (5 – 8 December); Canberra Theatre Centre (9 December); Heath Ledger Theatre, Perth (13 – 15 December); and the Cremorne Theatre – QPAC, Brisbane (18 – 22 December). For more information, visit: www.thekranskysisters.com for details.
Image: Eve Kransky – courtesy of artour