Henley Fringe Review – Love Conquers All (Edith Piaf)

LoveConquersAll-300x206The scene is set as we take our places – a tiny room, red roses, an accordion on a chair, a framed photograph and a telephone. A red bereted keyboard player looks up at us sadly and we are instantly transported to 1930’s Paris. Enter right Edith Piaf all in black, a single rose tucked behind one ear, and the room is filled with energy and anticipation as she sits and takes up the accordion.

What follows is a tremendous journey of highs and lows as we are taken through the loves and sorrows of her life. Aware of the fascinating life story of Edith Gassion, and a great fan of the biographical film “La Vie en Rose”, I was utterly charmed by this intimate one-woman production, which was beautifully staged and full of real life emotion. Taking us through reminiscence and song, Laurene Hope is completely believable as The Little Sparrow. The audience are teased and charmed throughout with some of her best loved ballards as if being entertained in a cabaret bar. Encouraged to sing along, we were at time smiling, at times on the edge of tears.

This show sold out each night in the delightful Canata Room in the courtyard at the Hotel du Vin, one of my favourite venues. At times naughty, fun, thought provoking and tragic, above all this show is a real joy. If you loved it – or if you missed it – the unabridged version, playing at the Edinburgh Fringe and at the Waterside is a must-see.   You will regret nothing – Encore!

F Jennings

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  1. Laurene Hope says:

    We sold out Edinburgh festival and our next show is 27th Sept at Waterside in Aylesbury
    Some of you missed the Abridged at Henley
    Well this is the full version.
    We’ve got lots more music accordion and piano and more visual effects of Paris and Marcel and boxing and breakdowns.
    You can book on 0844 871 7627
    And check out our website on http://www.movingontheatre.co.uk
    Lots of fantastic feedback promos and videos

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