A clip from the live show.
One of Andrée's original songs: RESERVATION FOR ONE
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HOUSE ON FIRE, The story so far:

I started writing the script for my solo play House On Fire at the end of April 2014. I was inspired to write a piece of theatre I wanted to see and wanted to act in.

Realising the lack of strong, funny and poignant theatre pieces reflecting modern women that I can identify with, I set out to create my own. House on Fire is a fiction, a story of one woman's life and loves from early adulthood via the various men she encounters along the way. It was a challenge to write all the male characters, however, I just wrote the script, the story, the poetry and found I couldn't stop. I loved the writing experience. Then I started composing songs, songs that would come from the writing and the scenes and enhance the drama or comedy.

After a reading in my lounge of a very early draft, I put together a creative team to work-shop House on Fire, the challenge being to make a theatre play, with me playing all the characters, including all the men and making it believable and entertaining, All in one week in a London Studio. It paid off - an invited audience to the first presentation of the show, in a stark white room, went really well. I was lucky to find the incredibly talented Shane O'Regan who arranged my original songs and we worked on the unique underscoring for piano to accompany the whole play, like a film score if you will. Shane also accompanies House On Fire live with such grace and skill, I am delighted to find a performer who I can work with so closely. George Dillon was my director and Iona Holland an invaluable production and choreographic assistant. Costume designed by Yong Fong.

After the July 2014 workshop, I was approached to put House On Fire on at The Union Theatre , London. The opportunity to stage the production in a theatre, with lighting (by Sherry Coenen) was the perfect opportunity to take the next step. The shows sold out. The audience reception was extremely positive. And the creative journey well and truly began...

Though still in development, I am hoping to perform a run of HOUSE ON FIRE very soon - watch this space as they say! In the meantime, here are samples of few of my original songs and comments & reviews from the London performances at The Union Theatre.



Here is a taster of a few of the numbers:

1. PASSION

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2. HOW CAN IT BE SO COLD?

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3. MEN!

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4. THIS IS A LOVE SONG

5. MORE MEN!!

6. RESERVATION FOR ONE

7. WALK OF SHAME

8. TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT TO USE THE WINE

9. THIS IS NOT A LOVE SONG

10. KEEP MY FLAME ABLAZE




"The show was stunning, she is extraordinary. Bernard held us from beginning to end, made us cry, made us laugh. Everyone should see it"


"The text is both sumptuously and efficiently written, like an epic, sensual poem" 


"I still have all the songs running through my head. She is eminently hummable..."


"Bernard instilled hilarity and sorrow into a hugely loveable character. Wonderful"


"All alone on that stage Bernard is a bright and sparkling cast. Funny, seriously silly at times poignant, in the bone painful at times, infused with sprinkles of hopefulness this is a thoroughly enjoyable production."


"Great songs rendered with amazing energy and passion... she is a house on fire."


"Bernard is not only a talented performer, it is a fantastic piece of storytelling that paints pictures with words and the simplest of gestures, therefore allowing her to perform with subtlety the frequent poignancies her character encounters.  She has a sharp ear for dialogue" 


" the repartee between her and her camp, chain-smoking agent are a lovely framing device. The absurd, and faintly violating, demands of the commercial castings she attends are also brilliantly observed and irresistibly funny to anyone familiar with the industry"


"From the start Bernard cuts a strikingly iconic figure , both overtly sensual and undeniably vulnerable. She plays with and against this visual image in the unfolding of her experiences and her embodiment of the men who variously force them on or share them with her"


"I was captured by the exquisitely sensual movement and a beginning sense implied in those movements of desire that cannot be fully met. Beautiful."


"Bernard elicited in me a host of complex feelings.  I was grabbed by the opening number and never really got fully out of her grasp"


"I've still got the lyrics and tunes going round in my head from 'House On Fire'....I just need to say how fantastic Andree was - I was totally inspired and entertained."


"...what surprised me most was Bernard's writing, which was slick and smart and witty and touching all at the same time, with some clever songs with excellent lyrics. So polished it shone!. Next time she performs it, don't miss it."


"I laughed and cried and laughed and cried some more. Truly wonderful stuff"


"Wow! Just..wow! Playing all the male parts and giving each a real character and physicality would be achievement enough, but to do it so well & take the audience on a journey of laughter and sadness; honestly couldn't fault it. Don't miss it!"


"Fabulous, amazing and awesome, a one woman show that makes you laugh out loud. "