Image of Louise Blackwell in Love on the Left Bank by Claudio Raschella
Louise Blackwell sings with a piano.
Louise Blackwell stands onstage and sings with a live band.

Love on the Left Bank

Cabaret • Music
South Australia

Celebrated Adelaide actress and singer Louise Blackwell brings to life the inspiring story of French singer Juliette Gréco. It is a musical celebration of love, life and liberty as it occurred in the Left Bank of Paris at the time of its liberation from Nazi German occupation. Backed by a superb 6-piece band led by musical director Mark Ferguson, Louise performs songs which evoke the joy and revelry of liberation as it occurred in the legendary underground clubs of Saint Germain des Prés, the bohemian district where Juliette found refuge during the war.

Philosophers, writers and artists gathered round Juliette as she made her debuts in cabaret nights that presented a myriad of different performers, poets and musical acts, and she is still known as the muse of Saint Germain des Prés. 

Directed by Catherine Fitzgerald
Singer and storyteller - Louise Blackwell
Musical director and pianist - Mark Simeon Ferguson
Trumpet - Lazaro Numa
Violin - Julian Ferraretto
Sax and clarinet - Tom Pulford
Double bass - John Aué
Drums - Josh Baldwin

Presented by: Louise Blackwell

Louise Blackwell is an Adelaide actress and singer who lived many years in Paris, singing in jazz clubs, studying cinema, performing in theatre and soaking up its wonderful culture. She brought her love for the city back home, creating an authentic Parisian vibe as she performs many great numbers from the French songbook backed by a stellar band of top Adelaide jazz musicians. Lou Blackwell and The French Set have performed in many Fringe seasons, in shows such as Take me back to Paris and A Night in Paris, for which they won a Fringe weekly music award. She recently created the cabaret show Love on the Left Bank about the life of French singer Juliette Gréco. It opened to a standing ovation at the 2022 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and she is now bringing it to the 2023 Adelaide Fringe.

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