Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Peter Rinderknecht_Portofino Ballad_Barbican Centre_London

It’s all about timing. The cuckoo pops out on the hour, every hour. That’s his job. In fact the cuckoo is a miniature man who lives tucked away inside a double bass. He wishes his son would take over the business. But the bored boy doesn’t want to keep the time. He dreams of a seaport called Portofino where the ocean stretches endlessly. Rinderknecht’s deeply moving coming-of-age story, of growing up and letting go of parenthood, charmed the audience regardless of age and proved that big stories can be told on the smallest of stages, even in the back of a double bass.