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Erik Satie’s – Faction (Avalon Promotions Ltd)

By | Published on Wednesday 10 August 2016

Erik Satie Ed2016

What goes on inside a genius composer’s mind? In this intimate and introspective piece, Alistair McGowan skilfully juggles music and speech as he brings to life the Nineteenth Century French composer Erik Satie. Somewhere between theatre, concert, spoken word and comedy, this unique piece offers a heartfelt, face-to-face insight into the man behind the artist. Excerpts of letters, poems and reflections from the composer are crafted into an hour-long monologue, punctuated by stunning renditions of some Satie’s most famous compositions such as ‘Gymnopédies’. McGowan’s portrayal was understated at times, yet managed to convey the composer’s delicate, troubled and anxiety-ridden personality. Classical music lovers rejoice!

Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Pénélope Hervouet]