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Arj Barker Opening Night – The Athenaeum Theatre

Review and images by Kerrie Pacholli 

Arj Barker MICF 2019 at The Athenaeum Theatre
Arj Barker MICF 2019 at The Athenaeum Theatre

Not only did I get the opportunity to experience  Arj Barker’s ‘We Need To Talk’ show live at the beautiful Athenaeum Theatre on his Opening Night. I also get the honour of writing this review. Wow I say. This was the very first time in my life that I got to enjoy the very talented Mr Arj Barker.

One of our other very talented writers, who specifically requested to review Arj Barker because Arj, is his favourite comedian in the whole world, happened to arrive just after half time, due to unforeseen and extreme circumstances.

Arj Barker MICF 2019 at The Athenaeum Theatre
Arj Barker MICF 2019 at The Athenaeum Theatre

Opening night can often be a pain for not only the international artists, who could presumably be suffering a little jet lag; but when the show starts at 7pm, in Melbourne, on a Friday night, it can be a real challenge for the audience to not only arrive on time but also relax into it.

I’m pretty sure Arj, a stalwart professional and a working Comedian since he left school in 1989 picked up on these challenging set of circumstances.

Arj Barker MICF 2019 © PationPics_5149
Arj Barker MICF 2019 at The Athenaeum Theatre

Regardless, he did not miss a beat with his delivery of detailed comedic story telling in unison with animated body language. I’m telling you, it was a hard arsed Melbourne audience full of fans that wanted blood, his blood and by god he delivered.

Arj Barker MICF 2019 at The Athenaeum Theatre
Arj Barker MICF 2019 at The Athenaeum Theatre

My job was to capture the images. The man moved so consistently fast it was pretty hard to get the clarity that I so much want in a pic. Yet they say a picture says a thousand words so feel free to read the longer version of this review.  The best picture of Arj Barler was taken by Arj, after the show, at his merchandise table, in the back alley on my iPhone, which for some reason decided to incorporate a 10 second delay. So, by that stage I looked like an embarrassed, recoiling version of myself. He was very patient and generous and even thanked me for giving him my business card…

Arj Barker MICF 2019 at The Athenaeum Theatre ©
Arj Barker MICF 2019 at The Athenaeum Theatre with myself.

Stephen K Amos – Athenaeum Theatre – MICF 2019

Review and images © Kerrie Pacholli

I was again privileged to be part of a very appreciative audience for the fabulous Stephen K Amos at one of my favourite venues The Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne. Stephen is back in Melbourne, of course, as part of this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019 or MICF 2019 which I prefer to scribe.

Stephen K Amos MICF 2019 Athenaeum Theatre © PationPics
Stephen K Amos MICF 2019 Athenaeum Theatre

Let’s face it, this man has charisma and stage presence that the Queen would envy.

From what I heard, he travels the world, communicating with audiences from many, many countries and cultures. I suppose the Queen does too…Yet, this man is truly funny. Just thinking about him on stage makes me laugh as I am writing this, this review.

Clearly, he has well oiled jokes up his sleeves for comfort, but the man comes across mostly as spontaneous.

Stephen K Amos MICF 2019 Athenaeum Theatre © PationPics
Stephen K Amos MICF 2019 Athenaeum Theatre 

Engaging with the energy of the audience, particularly probing a few special targets in the first rows. Nothing better in this world than natural quick wit and spontaneity. Except perhaps, very large sums of money to compensate for the lack there of.

Stephen is an artist, a true artist who shares his life’s stories on stage with us. Transforming soul wrenching experiences into bare able positives through humour and generosity. I was so chuffed to get a selfie with the man himself, in the alley, on the way out of the theatre, where he and this friends collected donations for palliative care organisations, inspired by his own family experiences.

It was a true pleasure to experience this man doing his thing. I predict a Knighthood in the not to distant future. But then I do carry on like an over intuitive oracle at times.

It makes all this hard work of creating a MICF 2019 Open Media Review Feature all the more worthwhile. And a special thanks to generosity of Alexis Lalios from Hatching Communications and artist manager  Mary Tobin

Stephen K Amos & Kerrie Pacholli 2019 MICF
Stephen K Amos & Kerrie Pacholli 2019 MICF


Starring leading U.S Tribute Kings: MARION DEATON, MARTY EDWARDS and PHILLIP BAUER

An unforgettable tribute to legends of Country Music: Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers and Johnny Cash

Direct from the U.S and sell-out concerts in North America, Abstract Entertainment presents “The Kings of Country”, an unforgettable tribute to the biggest names in Country Music this Century! return to Australia by Popular Demand. Starring Phillip Bauer as Johnny CashMarty Edward as Kenny Rogers and Marion Deaton as Willie Nelson. Three great performers on stage together with their own band recreating “The Kings of Country” – a truly must see Concert. The return Australian tour dates are:


Friday 16th May – REGIONAL THEATRE, DUBBO – Bookings: (02) 6801 4378

Saturday 17th May – SOUTHS JUNIORS CLUB – Bookings: (02) 9349 7555

Sunday 18th May – CLUB FORSTER – Bookings: (02) 6591 6591

Thursday 22nd May – BROTHERS LEAGUES CLUB, CAIRNS – Bookings: (07) 4053 1053

Friday 23rd May – MONCRIEFF THEATRE, BUNDABERG – Bookings: (07) 4130 4100

Saturday 24th May – TWIN TOWNS AUDITORIUM, TWEED HEADS – Bookings: 1800 014 014

Sunday 25th May – CABRA VALE DIGGERS CLUB – Bookings: (02) 9727 3600

Friday 30th May – CASTLE HILL RSL CLUB – Bookings: (02) 8858 4800

Saturday 31st May – EVAN THEATRE, PENRITH PANTHERS – Bookings: (02) 4720 5555

Sunday 1st June – MITTAGONG RSL CLUB – Bookings: (02) 4872 6700

Wednesday 4th June – WESTS LEAGUES CLUB, NEWCASTLE – Bookings: (02) 4935 1200

Thursday 5th June – BATHURST MEMORIAL ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE – Bookings: (02) 6333 6161

Friday 6th June – LAYCOCK STREET THEATRE, GOSFORD – Bookings: (02) 4323 3233

Saturday 7th June – THE CUBE, CAMPBELLTOWN CATHOLIC CLUB – Bookings: (02) 4625 0000

Sunday 8th June – NORTH SYDNEY LEAGUES CLUB – Bookings: (02) 9245 0000

Friday 13th June – SUTHERLAND ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE – Bookings: (02) 9521 8888

Saturday 14th June – CIVIC THEATRE, WAGGA WAGGA – Bookings: (02) 6926 9688

Sunday 15th June – GOULBURN SOLDIERS CLUB – Bookings: (02) 4821 3300

Wednesday 18th June – ASTOR THEATRE, PERTH – Bookings: Show Ticketing (08) 9370 5888

Friday 20th June – EASTBANK CENTRE, SHEPPARTON – Bookings: (03) 5832 9511

Saturday 21st June – ATHENAEUM THEATRE, MELBOURNE – Bookings: Ticketek 132 849


Funny man Stephen K Amos

Stephen K Amos performing at Athenaeum Theatre as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2014.

Stephen K Amos has huge funny bone action going on. From the start he had Thursday nights full house at Melbourne’s Anthenaeum Theatre in his pocket and he played with us like the seasoned international comedic professional he is.

Evenly paced, engaging, his timing didn’t miss a beat. He easily merged impromptu and very funny dialogue with people in the first couple of rows and hecklers in the stalls weaving their responses into his written script, breezing through the show like the comedic maestro he is with resounding  laughter and applauses with every punchline.

Actor and storyteller, the very cultured Stephen K took us on a hilarious, psychedelic ride from puberty and beyond. There is little better than great comedy.


Stephen K Amos performing at Athenaeum Theatre as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2014.
images by Sam Tabone from Sammizphoto.com



LET’S GET IT ON – The Life & Music of – Marvin Gay


Let’s Get It On’ opens on 13 May at The Athenaeum Theatre and celebrates the life and music of the multi-talented musician, singer and songwriter Marvin Gaye, whose records sold in the millions and who continues to influence a legion of artists the world over.

 April 1st 2014 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the tragic death of Marvin Gaye and this two-hour narrative concert explores Marvin’s humble beginnings, his troubled relationship with his father, the women in his life, his search for meaning and the music that defined a generation.

Starring Helpmann Award winning actor and singer Bert LaBonte and introducing singer, songwriter, pianist, Jude PerlLet’s Get It On will be backed by some of Australia’s finest and funkiest musicians and is presented by The Producers of The Man In Black – The Johnny Cash Story and At Last – The Etta James Story.

Let’s Get It On features some of Marvin’s most beloved songs including ‘I Heard It ThroughThe Grapevine’, ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, his stunning spiritual masterwork ‘What’sGoing On’, the Grammy Award winning ‘Sexual Healing’ and many many more of his classic hits.

Marvin Gaye is acknowledged as The Prince of Motown – The Prince of Soul with the magnitude of his influence on R&B and soul music recognized when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

‘Let’s Get It On – The Life & Music of Marvin Gaye’ will have you Dancing In The Street!

Venue:                   The Clocktower, 750 Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds

Date                         9 to 11 May

Tickets                    enquiries@clocktowercentre.com.au or 9243 9191

Price                        From $37

Venue:                   The Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne

Date:                       13 to 25 May

Tickets                    www.ticketek.com.au or 13 2849

Price                        From $49