I had never heard of this until it was spotted on Netflix. Warning – do not watch this late at night, you may miss some of the jokes.
This is a recording of a live performance of a recording of an audio drama. (Eric will explain).
It tells the story of the subsequent decline of the British Empire as seen through the eyes of a Piano. The Piano narrates the tale of Dick; his two cousins: Emma, an emotionally retarded English girl; her kleptomaniac sister Helena and their dipsomaniac Aunt Maggie who all live together in a large, rambling, Edwardian novel. When the Reverend Whoopsie discovers a piano on a beach, a plot is set afoot that can be solved only by a private Dick.
It features a cast of top British actors:
Eddie Izzard (doing all of his accents – sometimes badly)
Billy Connolly (who sometimes forgets his lines, despite reading from a script)
Russell Brand (just plain weird)
Tracey Ullman (who delights in being naughty)
Tim Curry (perfect for these roles)
Jane Leeves (still sexy 14 years after Frazier)
Jim Piddock (who I don’t know)
Sophie Winkleman (who looked familiar – she was on Two and a Half Men)
Eric Idle (as the narrator)
There are songs, sing-a-longs, silly nonsense and a very large dose of British naughtyness that Eric (along with the Pythons) invented. Essential viewing for Eric (and Monty) fans.