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Pianologues (Will Pickvance)

By | Published on Thursday 17 August 2017

Will Pickvance loves the piano and the piano loves him back – it’s always been like that. He and the instrument are equal partners in this show, built around Schubert songs, that combines epic musical improvisation, hilarity and intimate storytelling. The funniest bit, for me, was hearing ‘The Trout’ with doorbell interjections, and I adored it whenever he broke into boogie-woogie. I shouldn’t tell you which dramatic Schubert song the autobiographical story is constructed around (spoiler alert: it’s not about a fish) as it would ruin the ending. But the theme is Pickvance’s realisation, as a child, that all families are different and then, as a man, that they are essentially the same. Bring waterproof pants and a hankie.

Summerhall, until 20 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Louise Rodgers]