A true phenomenon, the internationally acclaimed Stomp returns to the Theatre Royal Bath from Tuesday 19th April to Sunday 24th April as it celebrates an astonishing 25 years of bringing foot-stamping, finger-drumming, adrenalin-rushing joy to audiences across the globe. Stomp visits Bath as one of only two UK tour dates confirmed so far for 2016, whilst the theatrical sensation continues to run in both London’s West End and in New York.
Eight performers use boots, bins, brooms and everything, including the kitchen sink, to hammer out an explosively feel-good beat. In Stomp, the junk and clutter of life becomes the source of wonder, developing a unique, universal language of rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance. To date audiences exceeding fifteen million, across fifty countries, have been entertained and exhilarated by this astounding show.
“Endlessly inventive” – Evening Standard
Fresher, faster and funnier than ever, since their last visit to Bath in 2012, Stomp performed in the Olympics Closing Ceremony to a global television audience estimated at 750 million, and have introduced two new pieces to the stage show: Frogs and Trolleys, which slot in seamlessly with Stomp‘s trademark exploration of sound, movement and physical humour.
Trolleys taps into the everyday experience of negotiating a busy shopping aisle with a fully laden supermarket trolley and transforms into the closest Stomp will ever get to drum corps. It’s the first fully-fledged Stomp routine to be performed entirely in 5/4 time signature: not straightforward to march to!
Frogs explores the bizarre sonic possibilities of a variety of plumbing fixtures, which has to be heard to be believed. This piece sounds unlike anything ever featured in the show before – organic, quirky and plumbing new heights.
“If you haven’t seen Stomp, go! If you have seen it, take someone who hasn’t and share the pleasure” – Boston Herald
More new routines, music and choreography, featuring a fresh array of ordinarily mundane objects, onto which the cast work their musical magic are inspired by Stomp Out Loud – their Las Vegas show – introducing huge, ribbed tubes – previously used for recycling fluorescent lights – which are themselves recycled into outsized Guiros, a Latin American percussion instrument.
In another spectacular sequence, paint cans are tossed between the performers, as they simultaneously build an astonishingly complex rhythm over every surface of the airborne cans. The Stompers are also joined by inflated monster-truck inner tubes, strapped around their waists to create both a dance of bobbing, whirling rubber skirts and pounding, portable drum kits: the ultimate redefinition of ‘surround sound’.
Fans can also look forward to Stomp’s signature high-octane blend of slick choreography, tight ensemble work, industrial percussion and a narrative of anarchic clowning; as the irrepressible troupe of eight turn brooms into soft shoe partners, clapping into intricate conversations and water cooler bottles into sophisticated instruments. Folding chairs are straddled, slid, slammed and slapped into rhythmic submission, at once primal and urbane, leaving no percussive potential – of object, body or action – unexploited; all underpinned by a childish delight in making serious noise.
The show hurtles towards a brilliantly reworked climax – a showstopper in every sense – as a crackling carnival of leaping, spinning, skidding and pounding performers vent their inexhaustible energies on an unsuspecting orchestra of metal dustbins, bin lids, tubs and water butts. Joyous, thumping, exhilarating bliss for all involved… except the bins!
In 1996 the show was performed live at the Academy Awards to a television audience spanning the globe. Stomp has also made three appearances on the Royal Variety Show and devised special performances for the Emmys and the Latin Grammys.
Created and co-directed by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas in Brighton in 1991, Stomp was the result of a ten-year collaboration. After performances at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre and Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms, between 1991 and 1994 the original cast of Stomp played to capacity audiences around the world: from Hong Kong to Barcelona, from Dublin to Sydney, culminating in a sell-out season at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre – where Stomp received an Olivier nomination for Best Entertainment and won Best Choreography in a West End show. Stomp continues to wow global audiences with an international community of performers now totalling one hundred across five companies, including two US and one international touring company. Twenty-five years since its creation, Stomp is entering its fourteenth year in the West End and has now played for an incredible twenty-two years in New York.
STOMP tours to the Theatre Royal Bath from Tuesday 19th April to Sunday 24th April.
Tickets are on sale at the Theatre Royal Box Office on 01225 448844 and online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk