The Piano Man
For the 800th anniversary of the founding of Dresden, Eclectic Theatre presents a new comedy set in the city and written specially for the company. Dealing with contemporary issues, The Piano Man is loosely based on the real-life story of someone who grew to fame through refusing to speak. It is a play about losing identity and finding it, a process which is connected to losing and finding a voice, and making voices heard where cultures and languages intertwine. It also takes a light-hearted look at several topics of current interest to Dresdeners. Happy Birthday, Dresden!
Mark Corner, the author of the play, was born in London in 1953. After studying at Cambridge he became a lecturer at Newcastle upon Tyne and a local councillor. In 1992 he left Britain to live in Prague and taught at the Charles University for 13 years. During that time he became involved in Exposure Theatre Company with Michael Halstead, who directed his play Just Another Blasted Love Song at Studio Labyrint in Prague and is now the artistic director of Eclectic Theatre. Mark Corner has published books on God, Prague and Miracles. He now lives in Brussels where he teaches European Studies and writes.
Dresdner Kulturmagazin, 1/2007
“A lively production… Great fun for anyone who knows Dresden”
Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten, 2-3/12/2006
“There are many stories woven into this new play by Mark Corner…[written for] the dedicated English language theatre group Eclectic Theatre.”
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