First Piano on the Moon

Played at Edinburgh Fringe 2021, Pleasance at EICC. Available for touring in 2022.

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One man and his piano tell the story of a boy’s flight of fantasy in this engaging, playful and virtuosic performance.

Adapting Mozart for outer space requires a specially equipped pianist. William is the best piano player in the school, and only a dreamer gets to play the first piano on the moon. But what happens when the real world brings things back down to earth?

In this engaging, playful and virtuousic performance, acclaimed pianist Will Pickvance tells the story of one boy’s flight of fantasy all the way to the moon and back.

Chosen to represent the school at Mozart’s birthday celebrations in Salzburg, William’s ambition to perform for a big audience has suddenly come to life. He should be excited… but doubt creeps in, and he questions his ability to play at all.

The audience is waiting. The celebration concert approaches. But William may as well have been asked to play the piano on the moon. This one-man-and-his-piano show features an unlikely birthday invitation, hot pursuits through the beautiful city of Salzburg, a magic cake, and Mozart himself!

Premiered to acclaim at Edinburgh Fringe 2019:

“One man brought all the excitement, magic and joyfulness of childhood love of music to life, just with a piano and a school bag, and his enthusiasm was beautifully infectious.” ★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

“An immensely engaging storyteller who draws children and adults alike into every word.” ★★★★★ All Edinburgh Theatre

“A lovely, engaging tale about the power of the imagination.” Primary Times

“Tremendous. A grand shaggy-piano story too, nicely told.”
★★★★ Three Weeks

“Experimental and vivid, this is a fantastic tale. The music becomes ingrained in the backbone of the storytelling and showcase this maestro’s ability.” ★★★★ The Fountain

From the acclaimed creator of Anatomy of the Piano, this is a treat for all the family.

Written and performed by Will Pickvance
Directed and edited by Magda Dragan