Edith Piaf Live at Nimegue
Written & devised by Andrew Farr & Peter Allinson
What compels a 55 year old, 76kg bloke from Stoke to portray the life of a singing legend who died aged 47 weighing just 37kg? All is revealed in this affectionate re-telling of the life of Edith Piaf, and re-imagining of her last filmed concert just ten months before her death. Piaf’s childhood was traumatic and she sang songs of tragedy, but she loved to laugh. This one-man show – Edith Piaf Live at Nimegue – tries not to lose sight of the laughter.
Swapping his native Stoke on Trent for Paris in his early twenties, Andrew’s first singing engagement was as an Edith Piaf tribute act at a restaurant called Chez Babette in the heart of Paris’ 18th arrondissement. A brief stint as Il Piccolo Pavarotti, singing Neapolitan arias, followed at a station brasserie in Rome.
Since then Andrew has entertained with songs and public speaking engagements at more than 170 corporate functions and weddings in stately manor houses and castles the length and breadth of the United Kingdom. High points included performing aboard Royal Yacht Britannia, on Tower Bridge, at Titanic Belfast and inside the City of Lincoln’s Victorian Jail.
Recent career highlights included singing to appreciative audiences at the Royal Albert Hall (let’s not get carried away, it was the Verdi Italian Kitchen at the Royal Albert Hall) and, returning to his adopted Parisian roots, at Le Vieux Belleville, a restaurant-bar specialising in French chanson realiste, just a stone’s throw from Edith Piaf’s birthplace in Paris.
The one man show Edith Piaf Live at Nimegue is the first piece that he and collaborator, Peter Allinson, have written for theatre. To say that they are absolutely delighted that this homage to Edith Piaf won the Critics’ Choice award at Brighton Fringe Festival in May 2018 is something of an understatement.