Stomp made its first debut onto the stage in 1991, premiering at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh where it became the Guardian’s Critics Choice and won the Daily Express’ Best of the Fringe Award. After seeing this revival at the Festival it is not difficult to see why.
A unique fusion of percussion, movement and comedy, Stomp is extraordinary in the talent it demands from its cast of performers. Creating music and sounds from everyday objects (from sinks to matchboxes) it is utterly engaging, captivating and unbelievingly clever. It was difficult to see how an hour and forty minutes of percussion and dance, with no interval, could compete with a play, ballet or opera, but Stomp does. Despite lacking a narrative it still kept the audience focuses on their movements and each little new scene provided a different form of music and action and in some cases some comic relief.
Although no characters were ever introduced the audience found themselves giving them nicknames or characteristics and each performer definitely had a style that they kept throughout the show. Most noticeably two of the performers provided a lot of comic relief throughout the show keeping it light and preventing it from becoming too focused on musicality which would have lost the younger audience member’s attention
The last thing to comment on is the fantastic and extraordinary way the performers were able to get the audience to participate and their final act completely relied upon audience participation, which the audience delivered gladly. Stomp is an incredible event and well worth the trip especially for families.