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PIAF – NO REGRETS (article first published : 2001-08-15)

The response – both critically and in audience numbers – to Pieter Scholtz’s production of Piaf: No Regrets has prompted an extension of the run to August 18. So if you haven’t caught Janene van Pletsen’s outstanding performance as Edith Piaf, now’s the time to book.

What is interesting is the fact that the advance booking has born little relation to the number of “walk-ins” (people arriving at the theatre on the off-chance of being able to get in) at each performance. This bears out the fast-growing belief among local theatre movers and shakers that Durbanites act on impulse and that positive word of mouth in this town is a powerful asset to any show. So, if you want to be absolutely sure of getting a seat, book ahead or arrive at least half an hour beforehand. Secure your ticket and enjoy a relaxing drink in the bar or the courtyard area.

For newcomers to Kwasuka’s newsletter, Piaf: No Regrets is based largely on a biography written by her half-sister Simone Bertaut and aims to capture some of the remarkable episodes of her extraordinary life, in particular the dramatic excitement of her singing and her commitment to life. Songs included are La Vie en Rose, Hymne a l'Amour, Non, Je ne Regrette Rien and others.

With musical director Evan Roberts on piano, the cast also includes this year’s FNB Vita actress of the year Catherine Farren, who plays several parts. Stacey Taylor is Piaf's half-sister Simone; Peter Gardner appears as the narrator and Pieter Scholtz plays Papa Leplee, the night club-owner who gave Piaf her first break. John van de Ruit portrays numerous roles including Piaf's young lover.

Lighting design is by Brandon Bunyan and Pieter Scholtz has designed the evocative set, which has been painted and constructed by Alan Keatinge.

Performances nightly except Friday at 19h30, Friday show at 18h00 and extra show on Saturday at 14h30. Tickets R35 (R25 matinee - R5 off for pensioners). Book at Computicket or on (011) 340-8000 or 083 915-8000 for credit card bookings or www.computicket.co.za




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