World premier for Brighton Festival, May 2018

A magical adventure told through live music played by a world-class pianist and a beguiling blend of puppetry, dance and projection.

The Boy, The Piano & The Beach opens with a boy on a beach. The tide is coming in fast, but before he can run, an unearthly sound draws him into an extraordinary adventure - into another world, full of magical creatures and dangerous encounters.

This is a wordless treat for the senses, promising a piano recital as you’ve never seen one before. The show features classical piano pieces by Debussy, Ravel, Prokofiev and Philip Glass, among others, alongside innovative puppetry, projection and dance, to delight and stir the imaginations of young and grown-up audience members alike.

Classical music is often seen as elitist and is almost completely inaccessible for families and young people, but this show demystifies the whole experience and makes it an exciting adventure, told through music.

We don’t compromise the music at all, it’s world class and played by the fantastic young pianist Ed Liddall, but we’re making it more accessible through the story we’re telling.

We’re also doing some relaxed performances, so whole families can come and enjoy the show, and there’ll be a chance to join us on stage after the show for the ‘stay and play’ encore.

Plus, if you want to submit an entry to our art competition to create an extraordinary animal, you can find details on our Facebook page - and you could win a great prize!

The Boy, The Piano & The Beach will be at the Brighthelm Centre the May Day bank holiday weekend

Saturday 5 May - Monday 7 May, and is recommended for ages 6+. 

Tickets are £6 (children) and £10 (adults) and available from


The Boy, The Piano & The Beach

Saturday 5 May | 3pm

Sunday 6 May | 11am (relaxed performance) & 3pm

Monday 7 May | 11am & 3pm

Ages 6+ | 50 minutes (approx) plus stay & play encore

Pre-show touch tours are available for children with special needs, please speak to box office when you book your ticket

Brigthelm Centre

North Road



Tickets: £6, £10
Box office:
On sale: 15 February 2018

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