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Saturday, 10 July 2010

STOMP - the drumming sensation

I have never seen anything quite like STOMP. The production combines percussion, movement and visual comedy. It was created in 1991 and nearly 20 years later STOMP still attracts a full theatre every night.

STOMP has been performed all over the world is currently showing at London’s Ambassadors Theatre. This theatre is smaller than most of Covent Garden’s Theatreland venues, but suits this show. The smaller space encourages the sound to resonate.

For the performers this is a show of epic proportion. With no interval they are onstage, almost constantly for the whole 100 minutes. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, apart from lots of noise! It turned out to be the most perfected noise I have ever heard. The eight cast members are spectacular, with unfaltering confidence and energy that indicates they know the show inside out.

STOMP doesn’t really have a narrative, instead it is made up of short sketches that revolve around the instruments they are using for that ‘number’. They don’t have standard drums, instead the characters use found objects - brooms, bins, pipes and anything else they can get their hands on!

This show is a real celebration of music and dance, and all inclusive. I guarantee by the end you will want to get up on stage and join in.

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