Celebration of Edith Piaf

Edith Piaf was synonymous with French cabaret in the 1940s and 50s and remains one of France’s most popular singers.

As the 50th anniversary of her death approaches, a new show offers a powerful celebration of her life, featuring Eve Loiseau as Piaf (Brighton Dome, November 15 and 16, 7.30pm).

A spokesman said: “Piaf’s life was the stuff of legend, from her dramatic rise from Paris street urchin to star of international renown. Her life, however, was anything but la vie en rose.

“Towards the end of her life, ravaged by pain and injury, Piaf turned to drugs to find comfort and solace, never able to believe that she was indeed loved by countless thousands of fans the world over.

“This powerful celebration comes from a company whose credentials include Kneehigh Theatre and Canteve Vocale. As well as La Vie En Rose, Sous Le Ciel De Paris, Milord, Autumn Leaves, Padam Padam, C’est Merveilleux, L’Accordéoniste, Non Je Ne Regrette Rien and many more, the show features a lively narrative.”

“Eve Loiseau’s passion for Piaf developed at a young age, around the dining table in South East France. Coming from a French family of singers, long summer meals were often rounded off with French chansons. Piaf is inimitable, but Eve’s lustrous French tone captures the essence of the Piaf performance in this tribute to the Little Sparrow.”

Since her debut at the Royal Festival Hall in February 2002, Eve Loiseau has given recitals in England, New York and France and has featured on BBC R3, WNYC Radio, PMW Music and the BBC production, The Roman Mysteries. Eve performs with Canteve Vocale and the baroque ensemble, Duo Dolcetini.