Virtuoso pianist Will Pickvance dissected in detail his relationship with the piano in his much acclaimed show 'Anatomy Of The Piano' at Edinburgh Festivals 2013 and 2014, playing a fair few numbers along the way. This year he returns with the sequel to that show, 'Alchemy Of The Piano', plus a new children's version of the original show. We sat down at another kind of keyboard and questioned Pickvance about the two new shows.

ThreeWeeks' Chris Cooke chats to Will about his 2015 show here
ThreeWeeks invites Fringe favourite poets to put some words to paper – or a portable device of their choosing – to entertain you here in Poetry Corner. Today, Matthew Harvey. He's from Auckland.

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It's ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses with three striking and bold verbatim performances for you to check out.

Trans Scripts (pictured)
The lives and experiences of six transgender women are conveyed in 'Trans Scripts', which is described as a “rare and intimate glimpse into the lives of people embracing their authentic selves”. The show, brought over from New York by award winning producer Paul Lucas, features an internationally renowned cast, and is directed by another award winner, Linda Ames Key. Expect to be moved by this revelatory piece.
Pleasance Courtyard, from 5 until 31 Aug


This should be pretty powerful, I think; adapted from a book of verbatim interviews, 'Valiant Women in War and Exile' by Sally Hayton-Keeva, this is a documentary performance focusing on the role of women in war, via the experiences of thirteen different people. Women are so often missing from our narratives about war, their contributions often unsung, so it's great to see a piece of theatre redressing the balance.
C venues - C nova, from 5 until 31 Aug

Two years ago in London's E15, a group of 29 young mothers facing relocation due to rocketing rents confronted Newham Council about about the gentrification of their home town. This piece of theatre documents the story of their action, using the real life testimonies of activists, witnesses and councillor, and offers an impassioned and timely look at an increasingly pressing issue.
Gilded Balloon, from 16 - 31 Aug
ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses tips three fantastic autobiographical theatre pieces.

The Man Called Monkhouse
If you are a regular Fringe-goer, you may remember Bob Golding's one man show about Eric Morecambe, which won a Fringe First award back in 2009. Well, Golding is back with another theatrical biography, though this time he's in the director's chair, rather than performing. The show, which focuses on another giant of British comedy, Bob Monkhouse, is the work of actor, comedian and writer Alex Lowe (Barry from Watford) and stars Simon Cartwright, uber Monkhouse impressionist extraordinaire.
Assembly Hall, from 6 until 31 Aug

Cross The Shifting Sands
This is an interesting one, not least because I imagine most people know very little about the subject of this biographical play: It's L Frank Baum, the very famous writer of 'The Wizard Of Oz', and other associated novels. The blurb suggests that a blighted childhood led Baum to the creation of his very own fantasy land, and invites audiences to step into that world, and his mind.
C venues - C nova, from 9 until 31 Aug

Mata Hari: Female Spy (pictured)
Mata Hari has a famous name, and she's possibly the most well known female spy in history, but how much do we actually know about the woman herself? Mystery and myth surround her, and I am not sure exactly how much light this show can shine on the true facts, but it should hopefully give the legend some historical context, and perhaps a sense of who she really was.
ZOO, from 7 until 30 Aug
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