Tom Tom Crew (4 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Tom Tom Crew

Hip hop acrobatics and human beatboxing

Australia’s Tom Tom Crew make a welcome return to the Edinburgh Fringe with their high-energy hip hop inspired show. Having been described as a 21st century circus, this show is in an incredible spectacle of young talent and infectious enthusiasm. Break dancing and back flipping are combined with acrobatics to the accompaniment of a live DJ, a human beatboxer and a drum banging MC.

Each member of the crew has a unique specialisation in one area, which gives the show a non-stop energetic structure and allows each individual talent the opportunity to shine. Amongst the skills being showcased to the baying audience are summersaults on stilts, mid air trapezium and a humorous piece of music on the obscure Omnichord that gets everyone joining in. Most impressive is the human beat boxer, who unbelievably manages to challenge himself to a hip hop vs drum & bass showdown, recreates a jazz trumpet performance and gives an ode to Michael Jackson with an unforgettable mega mix of his biggest tunes. A genuinely unique 60 minutes indeed.

Underbelly, 08445 458 252, until 31 Aug (not 18 & 25), 7pm, £12.50–16.50 (£10.50–15).

Tom Tom Crew

  • 4 stars

Direct from Broadway and London, 'Tom Tom Crew' returns with its super charged collision of extreme circus, heart pumping music, incredible beatboxing and stunning drumming displays. 'There can't be many more exciting spectacles than this' (Herald).

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