adapted and performed by Anthony Black
from the short story by Yann Martel

Based on a short story by Life of Pi author Yann Martel, One Discordant Violin explores a transformative encounter with an unlikely composer, asking what happens when we reach for what is beyond our grasp. A duet for storyteller and violinist, this adaptation shows us that beauty can be found in unexpected places.

One Discordant Violin is based on the short story “The Time I Heard the Private Donald J. Rankin String Concerto with One Discordant Violin, by the American Composer John Morton” by Yann Martel, from The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, published by Knopf Canada in 1993.

Available in French translation by Maryse Warda as Un Violon Discordant.

A stellar adaptation. This is theatre as it should be: simple, inventive, moving.

Yann Martel

A beautiful elegy

The Coast

Creative Team

  • Anthony Black, Writer/Adapter, Actor, Set Designer, and Co-Director
  • Ann-Marie Kerr, Co-Director
  • Jacques Mindreau, Violinist and Co-Composer
  • Aaron Collier, Sound Designer and Co-Composer
  • Nick Bottomley, Projection Designer and Co-Lighting Designer
  • Sylvia Bell, Stage Manager and Production Manager
  • Patricia Vinluan, Technical Director
  • Anna Shepard, Assistant Director and Co-Lighting Designer
  • Miranda Bowron, Production Assistant
  • Emlyn Murray, Wardrobe Construction
  • Stoo Metz Photography, production photos

Upcoming Tours

  • 59E59 Theaters, New York City, October 30 – November 24 2019

Production History

  • World Premiere: The Bus Stop Theatre, Halifax, Nova Scotia February 2 – 11, 2018
  • Chester Playhouse, Chester, Nova Scotia August 23-25, 2018
  • Tata Literature Live!, Mumbai, India November 17 – 18, 2018

We are actively touring this show across the world. Interested in bringing it to your community?