Tapping the light fantastic
This article is from 2009.
Anyone who pitches up at Tap Kids with a cynical attitude and a sense of impending dread will quickly find themselves struggling to contain smiles of unfettered delight. While the show – a hybrid of Tap Dogs and High School Musical – is rooted firmly within the teen flick tradition, with all the familiar milieu (the canteen, classroom, gym, graduation) and stock characters (the geek, the new kid, the babe, the sports jock) the genre is revisited with such bravado by the eight-strong cast that it’s impossible not to be charmed.
This is no dance school end-of-year display, the company instead tell a sweet story of teen love through a series of inventive set pieces, including a tap ‘n’ basketball routine and a scene in which the girls clatter around on their lunch trays. The preciseness of the footwork and the individual performers’ virtuosity is at times almost hypnotic, and there’s a nice variety of pace and rhythm throughout.
With a genuine sense of camaraderie coming from the cast, the narrative is shot through with an endearing generosity of spirit and every routine is performed with an incredible, unflagging energy.
New Town Theatre, 0844 477 1000, until 30 Aug, 5.45pm, £11–£12 (£9–£10).