First Piano on the Moon returns to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year after a successful run at its premiere in 2019. Will Pickvance combines music and storytelling in this rollercoaster story about music, Mozart and the moon! One man and his piano take to the stage for this child-friendly show suitable for age 5+.
This is the story of a young boy, William, whose school reports speak of untidiness, carelessness and lack of attention in class. Instead, William spends his time daydreaming of his piano and playing in front of a huge audience. When one day his dream becomes reality, he should be filled with excitement but doubt creeps in and he finds himself questioning his ability to play. What follows is a Mozart music mash-up, a frantic chase through Salzburg and even an appearance from Wolfgang himself.
It might be an unlikely and slightly bizarre story, but it beautifully highlights the magic of childhood dreams. However, First Piano on the Moon is not just a light-hearted tale; it’s also a lesson in music history and the work of Mozart.
This might be children’s theatre but there’s likely something for everyone to learn and appreciate, not least the beautiful and at times breath-taking piano playing. What’s more, the thought-provoking question “What is genius?” adds an unexpected depth to the show, highlighting the importance of hard-work and dedication.
Will Pickvance’s talent on the piano is undeniable, but it’s his ability to combine his musical abilities with storytelling and delivery that keeps the audience captivated. Not only does he play his piano upside down and back to front with apparent ease, he also tells the story with charming expression and infectious energy. What we see then, is multi-tasking at its finest.
All in all, this warming tale of childhood dreams and self-doubt draws in children and adults alike. First Piano on the Moon is a musical extravaganza with valuable underlying messages mixed in with light-hearted fun.
First Piano on the Moon is at Pleasance EICC until 15th August.