Theatre Review: Stomp – Fit For The Purpose, Or Quadruple Threats Hit The Mark


Bruce Dennill

Writer. Reader. Singer. Songwriter. Believer. Likes to learn.

All content by Bruce Dennill first published on pARTicipate, republished with permission.
Bruce Dennill


Stomp / Teatro, Montecasino, Fourways, Johannesburg

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It’s easy to take a show like Stomp for granted. It’s also misguided.

It’s been around for 28 years, has visited South Africa a couple of times before and is a staple on Broadway, with the relative ubiquity that all of that brings. It’s also a piece that, due to its structure, maintains a fair number of its core ideas.

But none of this makes Stomp any less enjoyable – or viscerally thrilling. The show’s appeal is multi-faceted, and it’s all built on the astonishing abilities and versatility of the performers. For the better part of an hour and a half, the cast of eight maintain an incredible pace, combining a number of skills that most performers would be happy to master in isolation.

There is, of course, the percussion, using everything from scrap metal to extending plastic tubes, shopping trolleys, basketballs, lighters and their own body parts. Each performer is an expert in all of…

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