Simon Tedeschi: Pianist and Prankster

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Simon Tedeschi: Pianist and Prankster


Lennox Theatre


20 October - 21 October 2015

Written by Simon Tedeschi, Eva Di Cesare and Tim McGarry

“If maths were music, then Simon would be at the top of the class.” 
Simon’s School Report – Year 4

Join one of Australia’s most inspiring young musicians, Simon Tedeschi as he takes us on a journey through a day in his life from 5am practice sessions, his first public performance age 8 at Sydney Opera House, winning the Sydney Piano Competition age 10 to playing in front of Luciano Pavarotti at the age of 13.

Through hilarious anecdotes as a boy, Simon recalls his pranks and practices which shaped his extraordinary life while playing some of his favourite music including Chopin’s Minute Waltz, Beethoven’s Fur Elise and in homage to his grandmother – a Polish Mazurka.

Relaxed Performance: Wednesday 21 October 10am

Download the social story for Lennox Theatre here: Lennox Social Story

Dates & Times:
Tuesday 20 October 10am & 12:30pm
Wednesday 21 October 10am & 12:30pm


Simon Tedeschi

Directed By:
Eva Di Cesare



$16 per student/additional teacher (1 teacher free per 20 students)
Schools – Please download and fill out the booking form


This is like a really cool music lesson that is taught by the cheeky kid in class! Your students will love being taken on this journey through Simon’s life, punctuated by classic pieces that have had significance to him throughout his life from child prodigy to concert pianist. Fundamentally, this show is about how much music can remind us of times, places, events and people, showing students the emotive value of music and giving them an INSIGHT into the role music can play throughout our lives. It is also a great production for linking into the study of people and their jobs – as Simon often speaks of the dedication and hard work that goes into his profession.


STEP 1. Download & Complete Booking Form

Primary Schools Booking Form

All bookings require a completed Booking Form. Risk assessments and education support materials (where provided) are available online. If you are from a Priority Funded School, please contact us regarding possible ticket subsidies that may be available to you.

STEP 2. Send your Booking Form to Us

Fax or e-mail your booking form to Riverside Education:

Fax: 02 9683 3267
Scan and E-mail:
Mail: Jodie Benbrook, Riverside Education, PO Box 3636, Parramatta NSW 2124.

N.B. Please do not send any payments with your booking form. Riverside will confirm your booking and then forward an invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt of booking form.

STEP 3. Riverside will Confirm your Booking

Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a $125 deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise specified). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure. You can request changes to student numbers up to 4 weeks prior to the performance.

STEP 4. Final Payment

Riverside will invoice you for the balance, payable 4 school weeks before your performance or workshop date. At that stage student numbers are final. Bookings cannot be held if your final payment is not received and the deposit is forfeited. An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day and is subject to availability.

STEP 5. Final Information Sent to Schools

A letter of confirmation will be issued instead of individual tickets if you attending a performance that has been allocated as a schools matinee. For other general public performances, you will be issued with tickets which you will be required to collect from Box Office before the performance. Prior to your visit, we will send you detailed information via email to ensure you have a hassle-free excursion. This will include updating you on any possible changes to times or more detailed information as it emerges from the rehearsal process. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form.

STEP 6. Attend and Enjoy!

Seating at schools performances is general admission and schools will be asked to enter the theatre as a group. We advise arriving at the theatre approximately 30 mins prior to your performance.

Terms and Conditions

The following Terms and Conditions apply for each Riverside Education performance booking:

  • A non-refundable deposit of $125 is to be paid within 14 days of the booking being confirmed by Riverside;
  • Changes to student numbers must be in writing and no later than school 4 weeks prior to the performance;
  • Final payment is due 4 school weeks prior to the performance;
  • Any changes to student numbers after this time are at the discretion of Riverside and subject to availability;
  • The booking is made on behalf of the school and the school accepts liability to make payments on the due dates.

Please note all school bookings made within 4 school weeks of a performance date must be paid in full within 1 week of confirmation and are final. There are no refunds or changes to numbers or dates on these bookings. If you have concerns about meeting the terms and conditions, please contact the Community Relations & Education Coordinator on 8839 3308.


Simon Tedeschi Curriculum Links


For information on access at Riverside Theatre please click here.

Download the social story for Lennox Theatre here: Lennox Social Story

Select performances throughout the year are provided as Relaxed Performances, where the perceived ‘rules’ of theatre are modified to allow people with Autism and other special needs to enjoy the performance in a safe and welcoming environment.

Modifications will differ depending on the show, but can include:

  • Opening the doors to the theatre early to allow patrons to find their seats and become familiar with the space
  • The house lights being dimmed but not turned all the way down
  • The understanding that patrons may come and go from the theatre as needed
  • Elements of the show that might include loud noises or sudden bright lights being toned down or removed from the performance.

The relaxed performance of Simon Tedeschi: Pianist and Prankster is on Wednesday 21 October 10am.


Upon request, we may be able to provide other services other than listed above to help make your students’ visit more comfortable. These include providing a social story with images and simple language about what to expect when coming to Riverside, arranging a pre-show touch tour or meet and greet with the cast to allow your students time to become familiar with their surroundings, or arranging for you to be seated early or near to an exit if you feel as if you may need to leave the theatre at all during the show. Simply contact us with any request you might have and we’ll do our best to arrange it for you.

Download the social story for Lennox Theatre here: Lennox Social Story

Ticket Options

Student/Teacher $16
Transaction fees apply
Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $3.30


50 minutes (No interval)

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