How would you describe your show in one sentence?
Anatomy of the Piano for Beginners: The antidote to boring piano lessons – inspiration for playing the piano.
Anatomy of the Piano: A love letter to the piano and the life of the professional musician.
Is this your first visit to the Brighton Fringe, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?
It’s my second visit to Brighton Fringe. Last year, my first time at Brighton Fringe, we had some great after-show impromptu jam sessions in the Other places venue bar. I know to expect gifted performers to turn up at these sessions and create one-off magic. Hopefully, there will be a piano again so I can be involved.
How has the show developed on the way to Brighton?
Anatomy of the Piano for Beginners: This is a new show that I took to Australia in February and will be taking to Edinburgh Fringe in August, but it already feels fairly established. My starting point was an adaptation of my Anatomy of the Piano show for younger audiences, but I have ended up with a quite different show which is enjoyed by children both under and over 18 years of age.
Anatomy of the Piano: On my way to Brighton I’ve met lots of different pianos on the way. I think I’ve become much more understanding and patient of pianos from all walks of life. I’ve battled through shows on pianos with no pedals, missing keys, unorthodox tuning – every night is a blind date, but it’s part of the charm.
How have you been preparing for festival life?
I’m only there for three days. Any longer than that and I’d need a stamina map and a specially curated diet of energy drinks and power meals.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other Fringe offerings?
Anatomy of the Piano:It is the only show at the Fringe that involves a piano being played and dissected at the same time.
Anatomy of the Piano for Beginners:The kids’ show is the only kids’ show that isn’t just a kids’ show. It is a show that will appeal to the child in people of all ages.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
I enjoy stumbling on shows without any preconception, but I reckon The Late Show, which is on most nights at Otherplace venue, will turn over some gems.
What one piece of advice would you give to Fringe newcomers?
Meet up and make connections with other performers, especially those in similar genres.
If your show was an animal what type of animal would it be?
I’d argue the piano is an animal, so I guess the show is a piano!
Anatomy of the Piano and Anatomy of the Piano for Beginners Runs 29 – 31 May (dates and times vary) at Otherplace at The Basement, Brighton
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