Hit Export Stomp Returns for 10-city UK tourDate: 28 September 2000
Stomp returns to the UK next month for a major regional tour. The multi award-winning international phenomenon, which originated in Brighton in 1991, opens in Belfast on 3 October 2000 and continues until 2 December to a further nine cities.
Stomp transforms the junk and clutter of urban life into a source of rhythm. In 100 minutes of pure theatricality, the cast of eight performers use boots, bins, garbage, zippo lighters, plumbers' plungers and everything including the kitchen sink to hammer out a symphony.
The show began on the streets of Britain's south coast seaside town where its creators Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas would give free outdoor performances in return for whatever loose change audiences might throw at them. It has since earned them a great deal more than mere change. After the first full production of the evolving show was given at London's fringe Bloomsbury Theatre, it was subsequently seen on the Edinburgh Fringe, and later was mounted at London's Royal Court Theatre and Sadler's Wells, before transferring to New York's off-Broadway Orpheum Theatre in February 1994. It returned to London in 1998 when it played a sell-out run at Camden's Roundhouse Theatre and it had two major UK tours last year.
Stomp has to date played to millions of people in 31 countries. There are now five companies performing worldwide and the New York production is currently in its seventh continuous year. Amongst its many awards and accolades, the show has won an Olivier award and, in New York, an Obie and a Drama Desk Award for 'Most Unique Theatre Experience'. The company's short film, Brooms, was also nominated for an Academy Award and Stomp Out Loud, the video, earned a total of four Emmy nominations in the US's television awards.
Following Belfast, the UK autumn tour will visit Oxford, Northampton, Leeds, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Cardiff, Llandudno and Croydon.