Watching Pam Ayers take centre stage at the QPAC concert hall for her latest show, A fun-filled evening with Pam Ayers, was a wonderfully warm, laughter-filled experience. This tour coincides with the release of her autobiography, The Necessary Aptitude. Her down-to-earth charm, candidness and delightful wit make for a thoroughly engaging evening. The performance included stories from her youth and her beginnings as a performing artist and writer. Pam reads from her autobiography and supplies the audience with plenty of her famous brand of poetry guaranteed to provide many laughs.
Pam takes the audience on a journey through some obvious highlights and a few poignant moments from her life. We begin with a vivid recount of her experience and big break into the entertainment business as a contestant of the British talent show, Opportunity Knocks. Some of her most beloved and favourite poems are performed, Oh, I Wish I’d Looked After Me Teeth and The Embarrassing Experience with the Parrot. Pam’s days as a youth living in the village Stanford in the Vale are recounted, days of boredom, longing and dreams of teenage romance fuelled by the stories read in the American magazines of the era. She talks about her love of Australia and another classic poem is performed, How God Made the Duck Billed Platypus. Her days as part of the Women’s Royal Air Force stationed in Singapore provide her with the opportunity to share a more serious moment, as she reflects on how as young people we can often not fully understand what our parents do for us and what that means in the grander scheme of things.
Some of the poetry Pam is currently working on is shared. A few pieces concerning birds such as thieving seagulls and a piece about a woman who is suffering from insomnia, yet she absurdly takes naps during the day were greatly enjoyed by the audience. Other topics such as failing eyesight, the pitfalls of contact lenses, snoring and weddings are covered with the humour and honesty Pam is well known for. There is a question and answer session that Pam includes because she likes to have one part of the show unscripted. The connection she so easily makes with the audience continues post performance as Pam signs books, and takes more than a minute or two to talk to her fans.
Pam Ayres’ style is one of a kind. She is a master raconteur and the blatant honesty and humour she injects into her work still makes her one of the funniest, most interesting and amusing performers around.
Jon Nicholls and Lunchbox present
A fun-filled evening with Pam Ayers
Venue: Concert Hall, QPAC, South Bank, Brisbane
Date: 8 Nov 2011
Tickets: $79 – $69