Tom Tom Club

This article is from 2007.

Roll up, roll up for the new circus

Director Scott Maidment has reason to be cheerful. His latest show from Australia, Tom Tom Club, is currently re-defining the circus genre. ‘It seems to appeal to everyone, from 14-year-old girls on MySpace to highbrow physical theatre lovers,’ he says.

Using a DJ, acrobatics, beat-boxing and drumming, Maidment has created what he refers to as ‘a gig-style circus spectacle’. Percussionist Ben Walsh, scratch guru DJ Dizz1 and award-winning beat-boxer Tom Thum will join graduates of Australia’s Flying Fruit Fly Circus as they backflip and seesaw along to the beats. ‘There’s been a real resurgence of what people are calling new circus,’ explains Maidment. ‘It’s not about silver rings or lions and tigers but using the dynamics of different kinds of music and the theatrics within that to create something truly exciting.’

Having leapt onto the stage in December last year, Tom Tom quickly established themselves as the darlings of the 2007 Adelaide Fringe. ‘They are all spunky boys and I think people enjoy their energy,’ says the director. ‘It’s an out-there show. That the gang will be appearing in an upturned purple cow seems a pretty appropriate celebration of that.’ (Anna Millar)

UdderBELLY’S Pasture, Bristo Square, 0870 745 3083, 4–27 Aug (not 13), 4pm, £12–£13.50 (£10–£12). Previews 2 & 3 Aug, 4pm, £6.

Tom Tom Club

  • 5 stars

High energy beatboxing, scratching, acrobatics and drumming. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

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