Sheridan Harbridge tells the story of famous French courtesan Marie Duplessis.
Sheridan Harbridge tells the story of famous French courtesan Marie Duplessis.

REVIEW: Songs for the Fallen a hilarious tale

Marie Duplessis (15 January 1824 - 3 February 1847) was a French courtesan and mistress to a number of prominent and wealthy men.

She was the inspiration for Marguerite Gautier, the main character of La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas the younger, one of Duplessis' lovers.

Much of what is known about her has been derived from the literary persona and contemporary legends.

After Dumas, she is believed to have become the mistress of composer Franz Liszt.

Throughout her short life, her reputation as a discreet, intelligent, and witty lover was well known.

Dumas' romantic novel La Dame aux Camélias appeared within a year of her death.

Dumas also adapted his story as a play, which inspired Verdi's opera La Traviata and various films.

In Songs for the Fallen, Sheridan Harbridge brilliantly tells Duplessis' story with a mix of gusto and pride.

The adaptation to cabaret makes you part of Marie's 23rd birthday party, her last.

Simon Corfield and Garth Holcombe successfully support Harbridge in setting the melodramatic tone of the comedy, and the drama that intertwine in this show.

There is much laughter to be enjoyed not at the expense of Madmoiselle Duplessis, but with her.

This is a gem of a show, hilarious and lots of fun, and it has its last performance in Byron Bay at the Byron Theatre on Sunday at 6pm. Do not miss it.



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