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Andrew Farr has created an excellent entertainment about his hero Edith Piaf, part story and part song. He tells of her life, her harsh upbringing in brothels, her contortionist father, abandoning mother and then her discovery by her first mentor and manager. But it is as much about Farr’s relationship with Piaf as it is about her own relationships, although he does of course tell of her insatiable sexual appetites and has penned some excellently funny lines with which to describe her lusts. Farr is a devotee, a super fan, but he is also a great singer and one who has studied her tone and the nuances of her performing style and he can certainly deliver them.

Andrew Kay, Latest Brighton.
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His narration is interspersed with his powerful singing. After the interval Farr surpasses himself as he takes to the stage dressed as Piaf – black dress, untidy wig and make-up including those pencilled eyebrows. From then on he is Piaf performing her last televised concert in Nimegue, Holland. The frail, arthritic, stooping figure is realised perfectly complete with trademark stance and gestures. While there is fragility in the body there is strength in her voice as she thunders out Piaf’s classic numbers – Milord, L’Accordeoniste, La Foule and, of course, climaxing with Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien and La Vie en Rose which has the audience joining in.

Barrie Jerram, The Argus
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The first half of the play is witty, laugh out loud and insightful…in the second act Farr achieved the real feat of becoming both Piaf and her iconic, incredible life-filled songs. There is a huge amount of generosity, love, laughs and talent in this show. A bloke from Stoke can more than ably play the little sparrow from Paree!

*****
Angi Mariani, thelatest.co.uk

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