A young girl’s chance discovery of an old record...
France’s greatest musical icon...
The journey begins...
After a hugely successful tour in 2013, 2015 and again in 2016, Christine Bovill returns to the stage with her award winning show featuring the songs made famous by the legendary Edith Piaf.
No glamour. No gimmicks. No pretence. Nothing but a voice, singing of life’s triumphs and tragedies. Who was Edith Piaf? And how did she come to represent the spirit of Paris like no-one before or since?
Christine Bovill’s PIAF, as much a play as it is a musical homage, is a thrilling celebration of one of France’s most endearing icons. Incorporating some of her best known songs, threaded with Piaf’s story, Christine’s tells of her own remarkable journey in the world of chanson.
An award-winning songwriter in her own right, Bovill has toured throughout Europe and the Far East with her self-penned homage to the Little Sparrow, appearing on BBC Newsnight and on BBC Radio 4’s series, Soul Music. Charles Dumont, Piaf's great friend and composer of Non, Je ne Regrette Rien, made the journey from Paris to join Christine on stage at the Edinburgh Fringe. Validation for Christine's performance doesn't come any higher than this.
Despite the sorrow of Piaf’s story, this is an evening of celebration – a tale of human triumph over tragedy; and, at its heart, a unique performance by a woman widely regarded as one of the finest interpreters of French Song.
★★★★★ The Scotsman
★★★★★ Edinburgh Festival.org
★★★★★ Belfast Telegraph
★★★★★ Three Weeks
★★★★★ Fest Mag
'Something that will stay with you for the rest of your life'
'Bovill is a great storyteller and she brings the songs to life with terrific panache and dramatic flair. '
'There is something exhilarating about seeing a performance of this calibre. There is nothing mechanical here, nothing jars, and all is fluidity and ease. As the song ends the entire audience is on its feet, actually pinning Bovill onto the stage, making it impossible for her to leave. She looks exhausted, moved and very, very happy. We all do.'
Culture Northern Ireland
'Bovill's voice is remarkable, note-perfect and deftly achieving the husky, trembling vibrato needed to carry these songs'