French singer, Eve Loiseau, presents the life and music of Edith Piaf in this show. The somewhat sterile setting is given homely effects; roses on the floor, a glass of wine on the table, an old fashioned microphone. Loiseau succeeds in mimicking Piaf's voice and mannerisms to uncanny effect, always passionate, commanding the audience's attention. She brings the songs to life with a lovely voice, telling Piaf's story in her sublime French accent.
Accompanied by violinist Fiona Barrow and accordionist Edward Jay, the music feels authentic: it's easy to relax and be transported back to 1940s Paris. Loiseau puts the songs into the context of Piaf's life as she narrates, and photos are projected onto the back screen. She adds to the atmosphere by speaking and singing in fluent French as well as English, though she sometimes seems to forget that not everyone can understand. This doesn't detract from the enjoyment of the show: if anything it enhances the authenticity.
The musicians are outstanding. Barrow provides emotive violin, never missing a note, Jay plays accordion, tapping his foot and looking suitably melancholy. They play all of Piaf's best-loved songs, each performed impeccably and with genuine emotion. Running at 1 hour 15 minutes, the show is good value for money and is perfectly enjoyable.