Exposing Edith

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September 18, 2pm

National Theatre Melbourne

Direct from sell out seasons at the 2015 Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Auckland International Cabaret Festival and winner Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe 2016, Exposing Edith charts the tragic life of arguably the greatest French singer of all time, Edith Piaf, 100 years since her birth. Experience her life, loves and losses through the songs that shot her to stardom including La Vie en Rose, Milord and Non, je ne regrette rien.

Created and performed by Michaela Burger (vocals) and Greg Wain (guitar), Exposing Edith is a stunning mix of authentic French chanson and contemporary sounds. Having explored the undertones of Piaf’s vocals and lyrics, Burger and Wain have created their own unique interpretations of Piaf’s work, using voice and acoustic guitar and the subtle use of loop, delay and effect pedals.

The songs are punctuated with a collection of extraordinary stories of Piaf’s life which are recounted by Burger, who also takes on a multitude of key characters, from Edith’s half-sister Momone, to several of her lovers and, of course, Edith Piaf herself.

Winner of International Cabaret Contest and nominated for Best Cabaret Fringeworld, Perth, Burger has been dubbed as Australia’s very own ‘little sparrow’ with The Age describing her as “A blazing life force in her evocation of Piaf” and Planet Arts Melbourne stating “an enormously deep and tremendous voice, with a richness of passion. The interpretation is so near to perfect and the resemblance to Piaf so uncanny, I felt tingles down my spine”.

Libbi Gorr, ABC Melbourne called the show “Sublime!”, Glam Adelaide said it was “moving and hypnotic, more than worthy of the standing ovation”, RipitUp reported “absolutely stunning, possibly the closest you’ll get to Piaf in this day and age ” and Kryztoff gave it five stars saying “A brilliant portrayal of (Piaf ’s) vulnerability, feistiness, strength and passion…the initially restrained audience were soon drawn into exuberant applause, laughter, cheering and sighing ”.

Burger will be performing alongside other Fringe favourites including Carita Farrer Spencer in Larry Paradiseo and the Fabulous Dame Farrar as well as Anya Anastasia with TORT E MORT: Songs of Cake and Death as a part of The National Theatre Melbourne’s Fringe Program.

The National Theatre Melbourne, a Beaux art icon of St Kilda and Melbourne, is home to the nationally recognised training institutions the National Theatre Drama and Ballet Schools as well as many regular hires ranging from community groups to non-professional theatre organisations. The National Theatre Melbourne’s Fringe Program is yet another event in the Theatre’s foray into contemporary programming streams encompassing cabaret, live music and innovative musical theatre which is expanding the possibilities for Melbourne’s thriving arts scene and community. In addition to the 783 seat main auditorium The National Theatre Melbourne is equipped to also cater for smaller spaces in the 1920’s style Mezzanine and more contemporary spaces including two studios with black box configuration.

In 2016, The National Theatre Melbourne will celebrate 80 years of continuous operation and provision of opportunities to emerging performing arts talent.

Tickets for Exposing Edith and other The National Theatre Melbourne Fringe events are available from The National Theatre Melbourne’s website http://www.nationaltheatre.org.au/whats-on.html

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