Anne Lovett piano
Allan Corduner actor
Max Hoehn director & designer
Erik Satie’s 150th birthday is in 2016 – but this ‘theatrecital’ (a dramatised piano recital, a play with a lot of music in it) was a highlight of Cheltenham Music Festival 2015. Directed by rising star Max Hoehn, winner of the 2015 Independent Opera Director Fellowship, ‘Memoirs of a Pear-Shaped Life’ brings together the autobiographical musings of an ageing Satie with a broad selection of his piano music. From the early Gnossiennes and Gymnopedies to the more whimsical and experimental miniatures of later years, they are played here by Anne Lovett – like Satie himself, a composer-pianist from Normandy.
Devised and written by Meurig Bowen.
Presented in association with Cheltenham Festival