Performance: Concerto
  • Theatre 1, Plymouth University

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A unique musical experience inspired by Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, created by award-winning theatre maker Michael Pinchbeck, devised with emerging artists Ryan O’Shea and Katt Perry, and featuring world-renowned concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy.

Infamous pianist Paul Wittgenstein commissioned Ravel to write him a concerto after he lost his right arm during the First World War. At the same moment in time, the assassin that triggered that conflict, Gavrilo Princip, was kept in shackles in prison in Terezin, his withered arm tied up with piano wire, fading away into the snow.

Unravelling narratives such as these surround this piece of music's composition – and together they weave a true story that spans 100 years of history. Michael Pinchbeck's Concerto is a deconstructed and re-orchestrated exploration of the legacy of war and the healing power of music to overcome personal tragedy.

Created by award-winning theatre maker Michael Pinchbeck, devised with emerging artists Ryan O’Shea and Katt Perry, and featuring world-renowned concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy. Commissioned by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Attenborough Arts Centre and Nottingham Lakeside Arts. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England through the National Lottery.

“Michael Pinchbeck is a terrific theatre maker” The Guardian
“Stunning” Audience Feedback

Please note: the venue for this performance has changed to Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University.

Running time: 65 mins
Suitable for 12+ 

Date: Wednesday 15 November
Time: 19:30
Location: Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

£10/£7
Discounts available via the Artory App and free to Plymouth University students via SPiA

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