Exposing Edith review Assembly George Square Studio 3 (Venue 17) Friday 5th August Edinburgh Fringe 2016. Exposing Edith at Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17) is one of those performance gems that you always hope that you will find at The Fringe, and finding one of these gems on your first show to review is just a pleasure.
A little change in review formats for this year for a few shows from us. Two reviews for the one show. Often, two people see such different things from the same show, or have different views and interpretations of the same show that we thought two separate reviews would be interesting. Would we agree or disagree on shows? .let's see.
REVIEW 1 * * * * *
Exposing Edith at Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17) is one of those performance gems that you always hope that you will find at The Fringe, and finding one of these gems on your first show to review is just a pleasure.
This show tells the story of the life of Edith Piaf with of course some of her classic songs including “La Vie en Rose”, “Hymne à l'amour” (definitely one of the greatest love songs ever written) and of course the song inseparable now from Edith Piaf - “Non, je ne regrette rien”. Other classics in there of course, including those wonderful Johnny Mercer lyrics for “The Autumn Leaves”.
Edith Piaf certainly had a star shining brightly above her, but it was often a twin star – one of great success, but another of great misfortune, and the darker side of that star seemed to demand bitter payment from Edith Piaf for every moment of success she ever had, and Michaela Burger gives not only a great vocal performance in this show but a great dramatic performance that portrays both sides of the life of this iconic singer.
Michaela has two things in common with the real Edith Piaf – a tiny frame and a hugely powerful voice, and like the original, you wonder how one resides in the other. Accompanying Michaela throughout the show on guitar is Greg Wain.
At time of writing this review, this show has another 19 dates to run, so try and catch at least one of them. This is one show that I am going to try and catch again if time allows, and it is not often that happens.
Review by Tom King
REVIEW 2 * * * * *
“Exposing Edith” at Assembly George Square Studios, can be summed up in one word – sensational.
Australian Michaela Burger, accompanied on guitar and some vocals by Greg Wain, tells the life story of Edith Piaf in story and song, also acting out the various characters that Piaf met during her lifetime.
Michaela discovered Piaf while on an exchange visit to Paris at the age of 17, and admits she soon became infatuated with the woman and her songs. Michaela has an amazing soaring voice which portrays the many emotions in The Little Sparrow’s life story, and fully deserved the standing ovation she got at the end of this show.
This fast-moving show tells us of the ups and downs of Piaf’s personal and professional life, and features such well-known songs as “La Vie en Rose”, “Milord”, and of course “Je Ne Regrette Rien”. If you’d like to be transported for an hour from Edinburgh to Paris, go along and see “Exposing Edith”, and like Piaf, you’ll have no regrets.
Review by Lisa Sibbald
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