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Stomp (Vaudeville)
Stomp
A constantly inventive spectacle of sound-making, Stomp is now a global phenomenon
spacer Our theatre critic Mark Shenton on a show that finds sound in manipulating everything - from broomsticks to matchboxes and more...
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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.

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