Thursday 10 – Saturday 12 November
Kytes Theatre Group
The life, the loves and the songs, of the little sparrow
Legend has it that Piaf was literally born in a street in Paris. Certainly, she died in poverty in her villa on the French Riviera, but her body was smuggled back to Paris to give credence to the myth that she died there.
The intervening 47 years was a roller-coaster of a life:
- She was raised in a brothel
- She had one child at age 17 (who died when 2 years old)
- She was “discovered” as a singer at age 20 and nicknamed “piaf” (real name Gassion)
- She became one of the highest paid stars in the world
- She was married twice but not to the one true love of her life – boxer Marcel Cerdan
- When Cerdan was killed in a plane crash in 1949, many believe that was the start of Piaf’s downfall
- She had two serious car accidents in 1951 that led to a morphine and alcohol addiction
- Her funeral in 1963 was the only time the traffic in Paris completely stopped since World War 2
Pam Gems’ play encapsulates the tempestuous life of the little sparrow, and we meet those who influenced her, or were influenced by her. And, of course, no drama about Piaf would be complete without her music. The combination of live performances and original recordings will help to bring the legendary singer back to life.
There is strong language in this production.
There is one gunshot effect in this production.