Sunday, July 31, 2011
The play is based on Anna Goldsworthy's autobiography Piano Lessons. It's a two hander with Anna herself being Anna, and Caroline Kennison as her teacher Mrs Sivan. The whole action takes place in a space dominated by the marvellously shiny black grand piano. The space became Mrs Sivan's house for lessons, the stage for the Eisteddfods and concerts, and Anna's home. Anna narrated part of the story directly to the audience as well as playing her role. Caroline did the voices for some other characters, as well as being the teacher.
There was nothing terribly deep about the play, but Mrs Sivan's philosophy and sayings (with humorous twists as she translates them from her native Russian) were thoughtful. I particularly liked hearing Anna play, giving the piano a voice, bringing it to life.