Written by and starring Hilary Tones Directed by Sam Parks
C'est La Vie: Sarah Bernhardt and Me 1st - 3rd October 2020 (pre-show talk 2nd October 6pm)
On The Brink Theatre presents C'EST LA VIE - SARAH BERNHARDT AND ME
An actress nervously awaits a life-changing audition. As she travels on the tube she shares her concerns with the audience… “What is the director looking for? Will they like me? And who is Sarah Bernhardt anyway?”
C’est La Vie – Sarah Bernhardt and Me tells the story of the celebrated and pioneering 19th Century French actress who performed all over the world, becoming the first global superstar. Her sensuality and emotion captured the hearts and imagination of British audiences from London to Edinburgh, Portsmouth to Nottingham, who thrilled to her vivid ‘Frenchness’.
This seventy minute show incorporates film, music and authentic costumes and is suitable for anyone interested in theatre life - on stage and behind the scenes.
Following a sell-out run at The Camden Fringe Festival 2017 at Cecil Sharp House and runs at Katzpace, The Tabard Theatre Chiswick and The Old Sorting Office Barnes, On The Brink Theatre invites you to join Sarah as she shares her extraordinary life and legacy once again…
With a background in classical theatre, Hilary has worked with some of our greatest actors, directors and ensembles – most notably with Mark Rylance at the RSC and several seasons at Shakespeare’s Globe. Playing Shakespeare and touring all over the world as well as up and down the provinces her career follows in the footsteps of Sarah Bernhardt. TV includes Wire In The Blood, Casualty, EastEnders, Coronation St, Persuasion, The Bill etc.
Hilary Tones “Good work from Hilary Tones” (Pericles – Shakespeare’s Globe) - Michael Billington. “Hilary Tones squeezes a great deal of comic hilarity out of the piece with superb comic timing” (Shirley Valentine – Derby Playhouse) – Fiona Dryden. “….her presence filled the stage” (As You Like It – Stratford, Connecticut) – Tony Angarano. “Hilary Tones’ moving Elizabeth has the right devious gravity” (Mary Stuart – Derby Playhouse) – Michael Billington.
Pre-Show Costume Masterclass
The Playground Theatre, Friday 2nd October 6pm
Acclaimed actress Hilary Tones discusses the costumes she wears in her play about the actress Sarah Bernhardt. With the opportunity to see the actual costumes - which are created from original 19th Century patterns, Hilary will describe the process of her design, showing the relationship between costume and character and how one informs the other.