Lit­tle piece of Parisian par­adise

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tanya MacNaughton

SINGER Cathrine Sum­mers might have cho­sen to make Perth her new home­town over Hor­sham, Eng­land, where she grew up, but her heart be­longs to Paris.

“Af­ter I was born, my mum, dad, my­self and older brother moved to live in Com­piegne, a town on the out­skirts of Paris,” Sum­mers said.

“The first words I ever spoke were in French and I grew up for the first years of my life in a typ­i­cal French life­style.

“Al­though it was a rel­a­tively short time and I hardly re­mem­ber it, my (English) par­ents ac­quired a kind of rem­i­nisc­ing cul­ture of their time there that in­flu­enced our lives so greatly.”

It is lit­tle sur­prise the 30some­thing singer chose to hon­our the city she loves close to Valen­tine’s Day with Fringe World 2016 show ASum­mer­sNightin Paris on Jan­uary 31 (sold out), and Fe­bru­ary 11, 12 and 13 at new pop up Fringe venue Par­rott House in May­lands.

“It’s the first time the venue has been in the fes­ti­val and the vi­sion for the venue fit the show per­fectly,” she said.

“It’s a ware­house with a vin­tage cabaret makeover. Think red vel­vet ev­ery­where; a per­fect in­ti­mate cabaret seated au­di­to­rium with vin­tage styling.”

The lively evening will be filled with mu­sic and dance (one of the per­form­ers is an ex-Moulin Rouge dancer) set against pro­jected im­agery of the French cap­i­tal.

Sum­mers will present her ode to Paris through songs by Edith Piaf, Cole Porter and other stan­dards from the Parisian jaz­zcabaret era.

“I would love for peo­ple to feel a lit­tle like they’ve been on a short ro­man­tic walk along the Seine with beau­ti­ful mu­sic,” Sum­mers said.

“Hope­fully they will leave with that kind of glow you get when you’ve vis­ited a won­der­ful place with won­der­ful friends or a loved one.

“Be­cause we are pro­ject­ing pic­tures of Paris, it would be lovely to think peo­ple might feel closer to Paris, per­haps in­spired to go or go back.”

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group has six dou­ble front row tick­ets to give­away to the Fe­bru­ary 11 per­for­mance. En­ter at www.com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au by Fe­bru­ary 1.

Cathrine Sum­mers

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