Unique performance at Eastbourne’s Underground Theatre
CLAYSON SINGS CHANSON
THE UNDER GROUND THEATRE,
I, Grove Road,
Sussex BN21 4TL
The show has been on the road since 2011, initially to tie-in with an edition of Alan Clayson’s Jacques Brel biography, La Vie Bohème. Recent media coverage has been fulsome with phrases like ‘mesmerising’, ‘a man possessed’, ‘a wonderful evening by a master raconteur at the top of his game’.
If much of the repertoire is from Brel’s portfolio, Clayson delivers items by other chansonniers, Gallic and English, and ventures into curious but connected realms. Prefaced by a explanatory talk that is as entertaining as it is educational, this show will appeal to both Brel devotees and those interested generally in Gallic culture.
Prior to his renown as a music historian, Alan Clayson was popular in the late 1970s as leader of the legendary Clayson and the Argonauts and has since become ‘one of the more extraordinary figures to emerge from rock ‘n’ roll. It is difficult to explain to the uninitiated what to expect’’ (The Independent).