Piano humour proves to be duo's forte

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 06 March, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 March, 2004, 12:00am

2 Pianos 4 Hands

City Hall

Matinee and evening performance tonight

There wasn't an empty seat for this comedy. Already performed more than 700 times around the world, this fusion of music and theatre has been especially popular in the US and Britain.

It was a kind of 'All You Need to Know about Studying the Piano in 140 Minutes'. On stage were two grand pianos, two screens and two men in tuxedos. Starting with the painful process of learning the rudiments of music, followed by the tortuous experience of examinations, competitions and auditions, the show must have struck a familiar chord with the many young pianists in the audience.

For this production, two actors-cum-musicians, Edward Simpson and Jonathan Gavin, take up the range of roles and perform extracts from the classical repertoire.

Throughout the performance, the men transformed from stubborn students to eccentric professors, pushy parents and irritable adjudicators.