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From its humble
origins in street theatre, Stomp has gone on to become a
global phenomenon, with five companies around the world including
an off-Broadway production now in its 9th year, not to mention other
spin-offs including an IMAX feature.
Though London has
seen the show in limited runs over the years, it is only now finally
getting its first commercial West End season, over a decade after
it was first previewed at the Bloomsbury Theatre in 1991 ahead of
an Edinburgh Fringe triumph in the same year, which heralded their
subsequent worldwide conquest.
So how, after all
this time, does it all hold up?
The good news is:
it's still an original. A constantly inventive spectacle of sound-making,
it provides an aural assault even as it offers the visually amusing
- and surprising - sight of how these sounds are made.
The unique musicality
and movement of Stomp lies in the range of everyday objects it employs
to achieve its effects: this is a show that finds sound in manipulating
everything from broomsticks to matchboxes, toilet plungers to plastic
carrier bags, cigarette lighters to water cooler containers.
Out of these, it
creates a hypnotic, rhythmic ballet of sound; and though you might
think that a little of this might go a long way, they actually go
a long way with very little.