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Beautiful performance traces life of Edith Piaf
Don't regret missing out on this beautiful performance, Exposing Edith, which traces the highs and lows of Edith Piaf's life from the streets of Paris, to worldwide tours, including Carnegie Hall to her death at the age of 47, from alcohol and drug abuse.

Exposing Edith, Piaf, St George's Cathedra, Fringe, Fringeworld
Michaela Burger plays the part of Edith Piaf. Image supplied.


Created and performed by Michaela Burger, who pulls of the look of the "Little Sparrow" as Piaf was called and co-creator and beret-wearing guitarist, Greg Wain, who was introduced by Ms Burger as Gregoire.

St George's Cathedral has the perfect acoustics for this concert, which has Burger playing all the characters in Piaf's life; singing some of the stunning songs Piaf is known for and hearing stories from her life.

Piaf was discovered on the streets of Paris and in the audience of the club she first sang at was French actor and cabaret singer, Maurice Chevalier, who she went on to perform with for many years.

Exposing Edith, Piaf, Fringe, Little Sparrow
Michaela Burger as Piaf accompanied by Greg Wain. Image supplied


Ms Burger feels she has much in common with Piaf, whose music she fell in love with when she was in Paris and her exchange mum handed her a box of Edith Piaf CDs.

Piaf was 4 foot 10 and Burger is 4 foot 11; Piaf was born in the gutter of the streets of Paris and Burger was born in Coober Pedy; Piaf was named Little Sparrow and Burger likes birds.

The soulful songs tell about Piaf's love affair with many men from Legionnaires to soldiers, a boxer named Marcel, who was the love of her life, to songwriters and French actors and singers, such as Charles Aznavour and Yves Montand.

She fell in love easily and felt that growing up in a brothel gave her a weakness for men.

The audience enjoyed songs such as Non, je ne regrette rien, La Vie en Rose, Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves) and Padam Padam – a song written by a songwriter locked in a room by Piaf – only to be let out when he had written a song about her.

It's a sensational performance by both Burger and Wain, who have won Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe 2016 and have been nominated for a Helpmann Academy Award with their third attendance at Perth Fringe.

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."

Exposing Edith runs until February 3 at St George's Cathedral with general admission tickets costing $35 from Fringeworld.
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Why? A beautiful performance for fans of Edith Piaf.
When: 7pm
Where: St George's Cathedral, cnr Cathedral Avenue and St Georges Terrace, Perth WA
Cost: $35
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