Young company, Tap Tap Theatre, excels at storytelling enchantment
This article is from 2013.
Tap Tap Theatre sprung into existence last year, created by University of Bristol students, and has quickly garnered an enviable repuation.
The show cycles through five stories, taking in motifs that run the gammut from courtly love to the 21st Century family. Each is heralded by the introduction of a minimalist prop and, within moments, the energetic and vastly talented actors conjure a fully-formed world. The action is rife with physicality and, along with live musical accompaniment, is wholly absorbing.
Underpinning the spellbinding peformances is a wondrous script by Tash Dummelow and Miriam Battye. The accomplishment of these young writers is impressive, creating whole new fairytales and then deftly tying them all together. Though billed as a children's show, the sophistication of the storytelling renders it suitable for all ages, with a cornucopia of references (perhaps just slightly too many for younger children) designed to entertain adults.
Zoo Southside, 662 6892, until 26 Aug (not 14), 11.50am, £8 (£6).