About Paris on the Pier – 25 July 2021, Brighton Palace Pier
I’m delighted to be part of Brighton’s Pier Fest this summer with an affectionate tribute to Edith Piaf. The show – party story, part song – is an amusing and informative narrative and commentary on the eventful life of the diminutive French chanteuse, punctuated with full throated renditions of her best-loved songs.
Piaf will be sharing the billing with Lo Polidoro whose music echoes the evocative and ageless sound of Paris: romantic and defiant, dramatic and sentimental, melancholy, humorous and proud. Lo, born in Burgundy to French and Italian parents, has a voice which conjures up dimly lit cafes, dance halls and bohemian cabarets. Brighton and Hove residents might be familiar with Lo and her band from their appearances at Cafe du Jardin in Lewes and Paris House, Hove.
Total running time: 2 hours with interval (19h30 to 22h00).
About An Audience with Edith Piaf
Inspired by a lifelong passion for the songs of Edith Piaf, this show, part story, part song, is an affectionate tribute to the diminutive French chanteuse; an amusing and informative narrative and commentary on her eventful life punctuated with full throated renditions of some of her best-loved songs.
An audience with Edith Piaf also introduces Nick Ford, a regular performer and soloist with Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus, and former winner of a Brighton Golden Handbag Award for Vocal Performer of the Year.
Running time: 60 minutes
About 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.
Running time: 80 minutes, and a 20 minute interval
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.