Piaf

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No glamour. No gimmicks. No pretence. Nothing but a voice, singing of life’s triumphs and tragedies. Who was Edith Piaf? And how did she come to represent the spirit of Paris like no one before or since? Her life is as well documented as her legendary voice - a child of the Paris streets who rose, via a tragic life of drink, drugs and premature death at 48, to become the best-known chanteuse in America and throughout the world. She lived the passionate life of a “sacre monstre”; loving, laughing, crying, drinking, taking and giving to excess. There were no half-measures. Christine Bovill’s PIAF is a moving theatrical homage to one of France’s most endearing icons; celebrating some of her best-known songs, threaded with Piaf’s story, and Christine’s own remarkable journey in the world of chanson. An award-winning songwriter in her own right, Bovill has toured throughout Europe and the Far East with her self-penned homage to the Little Sparrow. Despite the sorrow of Piaf’s story, this is an evening of celebration – a tale of human triumph over tragedy; and, at its heart, a unique performance by a woman widely regarded as one of the finest interpreters of French Song.

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