Sing Brel (1979)

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Original Music & Lyrics by Jaques Brel with Gerard Jouannest English Lyrics by Eric Blau with Mort Schuman

Production devised by Bruce Murray

Music arranged and directed by Lynn Jenner

Performances: Sat 26th& Sun 27th May 1979, Prompt Corner


A production featuring 24 songs 23 sung by the cast and one recording played of Jaques Brel (Ne Me Quitte Pas) with accompanying projections.




...Last weekend the Prompt Corner paid him (Jaques Brel) tribute in a non-stop celebration lasting almost 90 minutes and summing up the man and his life.

There were four performers: Bruce Murray, Ann Mattey, Sally Lill and Ginny Jones. One male and three females sounds like an imbalance, but the power and intesity of the male in question soon silenced and doubts we may have had on that score. Intimations of approaching death were searingly presented by Ann Mattey and Ginny Jones.......Bruce Murry spat out the concentrated bitter irony of "Next".

Of all the two dozen songs, my own favourite was the humourous "Timid Freda" as conveyed by Sally Lill, came over with almost Mephistophelian mockery. Near the end Ann Mattey magnificently realised the horror of "Carousel". One more feather in Prompt Corner's cap

Don Madgwick, reprinted in extract form, in Scene from The Croydon Advertiser by permission.


Photos: Brian Fretwell

Reminiscences and Anecdotes

I'm sure this show was presented 4 times over the 2 eveings, but can find no written record of this. It was repeated over with a slightly different cast in 1980 the the Bell Theatre and this version played 4 evenings in the Studio Theatre of The Questors Theatre, Ealing.

See Also

Sing Brel 1980 Main Stage

Or add anything that is related within this site. The author's page for instance or other plays with a similar theme.



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