- Published: 27 March 2015
New voice reels & narration:
- Published: 11 November 2014
Here's a look at some of the photos from the live performances of my new musical play HOUSE ON FIRE at The Union Theatre, London on November 2 & 3, 2014. Production photos will soon be posted on the House On Fire page soon along with clips from the filming from the theatre. Costume by Yong Fong. Photos by Walter Van Dyke. Reviews & comments from these inaugural shows below
Reviews & Audience Comments from Andrée Bernard's play HOUSE ON FIRE at The Union Theatre, November 2 & 3 , 2014
"House On Fire 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"
"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"
"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."
"Bernard is awe inspiring"
"Great songs rendered with amazing energy and passion... Bernard is a house on fire."
" ..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."
"Andrée 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 publicly how fantastic Andree was, having written the whole thing herself and being totally magnificent in it- I was totally inspired and entertained."
"Absolutely stunning performance"
"...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! To write a one woman play, write the music and lyrics, playing all the male parts and giving each a real character and physicality would be achievement enough, but to do it so bloody well & take the audience on a journey of laughter and sadness; honestly couldn't fault it. Speechless! If it gets a transfer, which I'm certain it will..don't miss it!"
"Fabulous, amazing and awesome, a one woman show that makes you laugh out loud. "
" I could really 'see' each man and relate to the happiness and unhappiness they brought her"
"terrifically enjoyed the show and Bernard's performance. Absolutely loved it"
"Stellar, raging success of a show"
"House On Fire is a triumph of a show"
- Published: 07 November 2014
The very first London shows of my new musical play HOUSE ON FIRE were a sell out at The Union Theatre, London on Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd November 2014. I started writing the script in April this year and composing the songs in May. I workshopped the production in July in London to edit the script, work on the story and characters and see how the ideas in my head could be brought to life. After the success of the workshop, I was invited to perform the very first incarnation of the show in London at The Union Theatre. An intense week of rehearsal, adding even more under-scoring resulted in a show I am very proud of.
HOUSE ON FIRE is a one woman show like no other; a play with music about relationships and love which is full of laughter (and I play all the male characters). It is a fiction, a tale that many can relate to and recognise - a passionate play that burns with the zeitgeist of romance today. The audience response was terrific and I now know I have an original show to take to the next stage. Shane O'Regan did a quite brilliant job on the arrangements of my music and for the underscoring for the play - he is a rare talent and a joy to work with. And huge thanks to Sherry Coenen for the lighting.There will soon be a trailer for HOUSE ON FIRE and video clips from the production currently being edited by Paolo Camata of Iliocrandi. Also production shots by Walter Van Dyke on here soon. Thank you to all who have supported me so far. I look forward to performing HOUSE ON FIRE again soon.
"A wry, cynical, sharply observant and comic view of the modern owman. Not for the fainthearted" Steven Berkoff
- Published: 08 September 2014
Steven Berkoff's play THE ACTOR'S LAMENT played the beautiful Gaiety Theatre, Dublin September 1st to 6th 2014. Steven, Jay Benedict and me had a terrific time on stage and we got some great audience response. Here are some snippets from a few of the reviews:
...the minimal set allows Bernard and Benedict to highlight their considerable acting talent. The mime, particularly in Bernard's case, is extremely effective. She finger picks imaginary gloves from her hands like they are made of velveteen. And the physicality complements Berkoff's visceral script.
Irish Daily Mail September 5, 2014
Steven Berkoff still has amazing stage presence, and even at the tender age of 77 he can fill the auditorium with his voice. The two that join him on stage are no less impressive, with Andrée Bernard particularly catching the eye, as she glides across stage, holding the eye of the audience with a knowing grin on her face.
No More Workhorse - September 4, 2014
A mention must be had for the sublime Andrée Bernard who portrays an aging actress with aspirations to play the greats: Cleopatra, Clytemnestra et al, but is forced to take on a understudy role to a well known but inexperienced younger actress to pay the bills. Her monologues are feelingly put across and her movement is incredibly specific. It was a joy to watch her.
Irish Independent - September 4, 2014
- Published: 27 August 2014
THE ACTOR'S LAMENT will be playing the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin for one week, 1st to 6th September 2014. Steven Berkoff's acclaimed new play with Steven, Jay Benedict and myself. A three-hander with no set (well, a single chair) and no costumes or props - everything is mimed. Nobby Clark took some great production shots in July this year at our run at The Theatre Royal, Margate. Scroll down to see all the album