Klara McMurray sings, acts, clowns, emcees and entertains all over Melbourne and beyond.
She founded the successful Mayhem Cabaret in May 2002, where she undertook the role of Artistic Director, Producer and Emcee. Mayhem grew from an intimate local variety show to a large-scale production that demanded both industry and audience respect. Mayhem received Port Phillip grants for its: 7th show Too Much Glitter is Never Enough (2003); 9th show, Into the Wild (2004), 13th show, Good V’s Evil (2006) and 14th show Ritual (2007) from the City of Port Phillip. It was also the recipient of a Green Room nomination for its Contribution to Cabaret. Klara announced her retirement from Mayhem Cabaret in March 2008 to much dismay but continues to produce Mini Mayhems as commissions to various private and public organisations.
She has written music for and performed at openings, private parties and corporate events. She occasionally sings in a three piece jazz cabaret group, Ménage e Trios: dedicated to performing songs of The Muppets as well as working as a porfessional singing telegram for over 10 years, performing to audiences from 5 to 200.
As MC, highlighs include: Frankston City Council's Festival of LIghts; Port Douglas's Carnivale; Hobart's Festival of Voices; Festival of King Island; Private Weddings; all Mayhem Cabarets; Albert Park Secondary College; City of Port Phillip Youth Week; PBS FM; Apollo Bay Music Festival (Kids Stage) and Realm of the Sensis short film nights at Revolver Nightclub
Since 2008 she has worked both regularly and sporadically as both host and co-host on Radio Port Douglas. She has programmed music shows, co-hosted comedy shows and media commentary and for two years; co-hosted a weekly show: Chick Chat which tackled current issues.
Miss K has been described as "Brash, sexy and semi insane". (Rod Davis: Radio Port Douglas.) She takes no prisoners, flirts with all that she encounters and laments the tragedy that is her love life. Her ability to charm the public with her actions, body and voice whilst never missing an oppertunity to smash her side-kick, Captain Funk's self-esteme to smitherines is nothing short of incredible.
Miss K has performed in five smash-hit shows:
Love War Faith and a Singing Telegram 2007 (Melbourne, Port Douglas: Carnivale, Brisbane, Lismore and Byron Bay)
*One of the songs; The Death of Cowboy Dan has featured on radio stations all over the country and is being covered by a number of Australian Musicians.
IL Mio Amore 2008 (Melbourne, Port Douglas: Carnivale, Woodford Folk Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Melbourne as part of Miss K and the Klones: an EP launch for the soundtrack.
*The song; Connie Rap from the show has become the introductory music for a weekly radio show on Radio Port Douglas.
Hot Spell 2009 (Melbourne, Adelaide’s Cabaret Fringe Festival, Short and Sweet Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Horsham’s Art Is… Elemental Festival, Boardertown, The Gold Coast Arts Centre, Port Douglas’ Carnival Festival, Griffith Performing Arts Centre and back in Melbourne.
Miss K and the One-Night Stands: What Goes on Tour 2012 What Goes on Tour
Wrong.com! 2014 (Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane's Anywhere Theatre Festival, Port Douglas’ Carnival Festival, Perth's Fringe World, Horsham's Art Is festival, Kurrumbarra fund-raiser, Geraldton's Queens Park Theatre, St Kilda RSL and as part of the Lounge-room Cabaret season)
She's Sophisiticated, seductive and has serenated audiences from bars and restaurants to private parties and late night cabaret clubs.
With her wit, charm and that certain je ne sais quoi one would expect from a French cabaret diva, audiences already adore her and its only just the beginning…
Wiggi the Clown / Tinkles the Funky Fairy
Wiggi tried on her first clown shoes in 2001 and upon discovering their ill-fit, knew it was right! Since then, she's been strutting her funny stuff both as Wiggi and Tinkles the Funky Fairy at kid’s parties, large-scale festivals, as stage MC, roving entertainment, wedding baby-sitting and workshop facilitating all over Melbourne and beyond. Her favourite moment during a performance is when she has cracked both the kids and the adults up, for completely different reasons.
Apollo Bay Music Festival: MC and stand-alone shows (March/April 2002, 2003 & 2005) Frankston Festival of Lights (Dec 2002) Moomba (March 2002) Gladstone’s Sunfest as workshop facilitator, performer and hospital clown (Jan 2003) ‘The Age’ Christmas Party (2004) Mulgrave Fun Day (April 2013)