Thu, 26 Jan

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Surbiton

Je Regrette - La Poule Plombee

She was almost the most famous French chanteuse in history, but Édith Piaf got in first.

Je Regrette - La Poule Plombee

Time & Location

26 Jan 2023, 20:00 – 21:10

Surbiton, 116 Douglas Rd, Surbiton KT6 7SB, UK

About the Event

She was almost the most famous French chanteuse in history, but Édith Piaf got in first. Édith Giovanna Gassion was nicknamed La Môme Piaf (The Little Sparrow) by Louis Leplée and she adopted it as her stage name, Édith Piaf. Our last performer of the evening did not fare so well. Not only did Piaf gain all of the fame and glory but she also got the better nickname. Our angst-ridden performer was given the nickname, La Poule Plombée. She interprets this as ‘the frumpy pigeon’. No wonder she is bitter and suicidal, waving a carving knife about in the vicinity of her wrist as she enters. She complains in song of all of the French words the English have taken for their own, and the dreadful words the English have given to the world in exchange, a very poor cultural exchange indeed.

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