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  • Underbelly, George Square - The Wee Coo
  • 13:20
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Charlie Russell Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: Strong Language/Swearing, Descriptions of consensual sexual experiences.
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Bach + Beethoven + Britney = Tom: a young man whose piano lessons give him a unique vocabulary. A new play about music, obsession and love. With one man and a piano; all _underscored_ live. Will his ex-boyfriend hear him? Praise for previous Edinburgh show: 'Fantastic!' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Subtle... without sentiment... inspired' ***** (Breaking-The-Fourth-Wall.com). 'Thoughtful and engaging' **** (BritishTheatreGuide.info).

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Access into the venue with a wheelchair can become restricted once the majority of the audience have been sat. Please turn up with ample time so you can be admitted first to ensure ease of access. If not using the ramp there are 10 steps into this venue.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp

  • Stairs: 6 - 10
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Kate Warburton 97 days ago

Funny, clever, poignant. Really well written and performed. All of us were totally absorbed. Lots of laughs and the music was great too. Highly recommend this show.

Trent Allen 101 days ago

This is a brilliantly well-told story. Funny, tragic, and courageous. Zanders had the whole crowd hooked, and oh my goodness, what a pianist! His musical performance is thrilling. I'd recommend this show to absolutely everyone.

Felicity Cant 104 days ago

Piano_Play is an exciting, engaging composition of new writing that will capture your heart, as well as make you question what is an act of devoted love or unnerving obsession.
Leading man Ed is an exceptional pianist showing true showman flare as well as an endearing quality. The time slipped away and so it certainly is a show not to be missed.

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FringeReview 89 days ago

Ed Zanders is distraught.  “He’s not here, is he, Rachael”, he intones to his hard-pressed sound and lights person as he scans the audience in desperation.  Ed’s ex is up at the Fringe doing a show but refuses to make contact with him.  But Ed is determined to win back...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 96 days ago

While watching Piano_Play it is easy to be taken in by the illusion which the show sets up. We are presented with a single figure alone on stage at an electric piano in a darkened room, playing songs which he interjects with commentary about his own life. The effect is...

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 100 days ago

If the prelude doesn’t grab you, worry not, and wait for the second movement, as this tale of unrequited – obsessive? – love is more than it first appears. In addition to playing the piano, Ed is playing some clever games with narrative perspective; we begin to question the reliability...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 101 days ago

On his Roland electric piano in one corner of Underbelly’s Wee Coo, Tom (Ed Zanders) kicks off with a spot of Rachmaninov. ...

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Theatre Weekly (5/5 stars) 101 days ago

"Making its debut at Underbelly George Square, Calum Finlay’s Piano_Play follows a similar theme, asking if the actions of someone in love are always seen in the romantic way they are intended. [...] Piano_Play is something truly different and unique."

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One4Review (4/5 stars) 102 days ago

Writer Calum Finlay was inspired to write Piano Play by the true story of a man in Bristol who had a piano delivered to College Green and vowed to keep playing it until the woman he loved heard him and … Read More ...

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