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Show 2014: Ah yes! We remember it well! (December 2014)

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6th and 7th December 2014 in the Salle Saintonge, Saintes

La Belle Époque, or ‘Beautiful Era’, signifies a period in French history from around 1871 until the start of WW1 in 1914.  It was a time of peace both in France and Europe, and a time of great optimism which thus encouraged the arts to flourish.  Many masterpieces of literature, music, theatre and visual art gained recognition during this period.  In Britain also, this coincided with a similar period of stability, prosperity and refined sensibilities under the reign of Queen Victoria.  Her son, and successor, Edward VII however was to become the leader of a fashionable elite that set a style influenced greatly by the art and fashions of Continental Europe.

In our show, we wanted to capture the essence of that period.  Accompanied by the music of Lionel Bart, we travelled back to Dickensian Britain and joined Nancy as she tried to protect a young ‘Oliver’ from the clutches of ruffian Bill Sykes. However, the legacy of a strait-laced Victorian Britain could still be seen at the ‘Ascot Opening Day’ when Eliza, in a moment of excitement, let her newly acquired ‘cut-glass’ accent slip.  

Our look back at the Belle Époque would not have been complete without looking enviously at ‘The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo’ and of course, having a peep inside the Moulin Rouge at what else but the Le French Can Can – “Ah Yes! We Remember it Well”

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