Members will be spoilt for choice in November with two musical performances – Pat Powell on Friday 4th November and Stranger Cole on Friday 25th November.
Pat Powell (Patou - pictured above right) is one of Australia’s most accomplished vocal talents and known for his charismatic exchanges with his audiences – a perfect combination for a performance in the library.
Patou’s empowering lyrics were seeded in him as a young Jamaican man making his way in a troubled 1960s-70s Bristol. He found solace in the Jamaican dance tunes played by his parents, and in the RnB clubs he snuck out of home to DJ in. His style spans ska to blues, hip hop to soul, RnB to reggae and he has recorded with, and supported, a who’s who of music including James Freud, Boy George, Queen, Crowded House and Kylie Minogue.
Stranger Cole (pictured above left), who will take to the stage later in the month, was born Wilburn Theodore Cole in Jamaica, and began his recording career with producer Duke Reid, scoring a hit with his 1962 debut Rough and Tough.
Stranger frequently used duet partners, apparently because of his shyness in singing alone, but he is a soulful vocalist and his songs are described as radiating a kind of joyful personality that is rare in most reggae.
Our first member tours in September were a terrific success, with members taking up the opportunity to have an insider’s peek at the Athenaeum and learn more about the organisation’s incredible history.
We have scheduled two more free tours for members in November, on Monday 7th November at 10am and Monday 14th November at 10am. Members are welcome to bring a friend to the 45-minute tours, which start in the foyer.
This is a terrific opportunity to hear some stories about your Athenaeum, which has been a fixture on Melbourne’s cultural scene since 1839.
Congratulations to our current writer-in-residence, Declan Furber Gillick (pictured), and our inaugural writer-in-residence, Patricia Cornelius, whose works are both featuring in the Melbourne Theatre Company’s 2023 program.
Declan’s play, Jacky, is described as a sharp and witty play about family, community and culture, and examines the personal cost of navigating it all in contemporary Australia. It will open on 27th May 2023.
Patricia’s work, My Sister Jill, is set against the backdrop of 1950s and ‘60s suburban Melbourne and is a family drama that captures the spirit and struggle of a generation of Australians post-world war. It will open on 28th September 2023. My Sister Jill will be directed by Susie Dee, who has directed play readings at the Melbourne Athenaeum Library.