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The Piano Diaries

theatre for solo piano

‘I used to play this with my Dad …’

by Adrian Hornsby and Will Pickvance
performed by Will Pickvance
premiere 4 August 2017, Summerhall, Edinburgh

‘combines epic musical improvisation, hilarity and intimate storytelling … bring waterproof pants and a hankie.’

— ThreeWeeks, 5/5 stars


Winner of ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award 2017

‘for the ten people and companies who made this year’s Edinburgh Festival extra special’


‘I used to play this with my Dad …’


… so opens The Piano Diaries, as a rich array of characters and scenes come tumbling forth from the keys — from late night piano sessions with Dad to Schubert cocktail parties and Elvis-impersonators. Blending stories with life, and humour with heartbreaking melody, The Piano Diaries explores what it is to be a son, a father, a dreamer, and how music touches us all.

  • 4 –20 Aug 2017, Summerhall, Edinburgh, UK (premiere)
  • 10-11 Jan 2018, Royal Theatre Bath, Bath, UK
  • 9 Mar 2018, Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newscastle, UK
photography by Olivier Bardina
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