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When family outcast Lucky Flynn learns that his mother is dying, he decides to drive to the other side of Australia to see her, packing nothing but an upright piano for the journey. But his plans are soon turned upside down when he meets the runaway teenager Meg, who’s dealing with some family demons of her own.

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Production Information


Matthew Saville


Jason Stephens

Melissa Kelly

Chris Taylor


Tim Minchin

Chris Taylor

Leon Ford

Kate Mulvany

Executive Producers

Helen Bowden

Tim Minchin

Line Producer

Ally Henville

First Assistant Director

Peter McLennan

Development  Manager (Lingo Pictures)

Tess Novak

Production Coordinator

Emma Marshall

Art Department Coordinator

David Ockenden

Art Director

Rob Wood

Director of Photography

Katie Milwright

Graphic Designer

Daniel Willis


David Boon


Richard Rees-Jones

Costume Coordinator

Sam van Gyen

WA – Location Manager

Chris Veerhuis

Daniel Ross


Tom Bishop

Key WA Locations

Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

Casting Tim Minchin

As we developed the show, we really couldn’t imagine anybody else other than Tim.As we developed the show, we really couldn’t imagine anybody else other than Tim.

“He met with us, loved the idea and coming on at such an early stage allowed us to form the character around Tim and his ideas for the show. Then, when he came on board as a writer as well, it took the project to a whole new level.”

–Jason Stephens , Producer

A Piano in the Desert

“I think the premise is immediately engaging”

“Pianos are always placed in the good room and you’re not allowed to put your cups on them…. there’s the idea of a musical instrument, of something that is meant to be sacred and is meant to be treated with care, but in our show, the piano is a cross he’s bearing for his sins across a desert.”

–Tim Minchin, Lead Actor, Executive Producer and Writer

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