Drum Struck (4 stars)

Family-friendly, interactive drum thumping

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This article is from 2013.

Drum Struck

Even before we’ve entered the room, the ingredients are in place to make this show by South African drumming group Drum Café one of the sleeper family hits of this year’s festival. The premise is simple – there are lots of drummers onstage and everyone in the audience has their own drum waiting on their chair when they arrive. As the show progresses, we get to join in with a thundering rhythmic chorus or a soft percussive patter with the musicians before us.

It’s great fun and more than a little therapeutic, and the two leads directing us (the ‘Drummaker’ and the ‘Ubuntu Queen’) build a perfectly accepting environment in which we all learn some rhythmic basics just by watching and repeating, while at the same time avoiding the feeling of self-consciousness caused by being rubbish at playing when the sounds we’re making join into one thrilling whole. The visual settings are a little trite, from tribespeople in the desert to an urban street crew, but the very simple message of community and helping each other to become more than we’re individually capable of summed up by the word ‘Ubuntu’ is beautifully, resonantly realised.

Assembly Hall, 0844 545 8252, until 26 Aug (not 12), 6pm, £16–£14 (£14–£12).

This article is from 2013.

Drum Struck

  • 4 stars

Drum Cafe, Drumstruck CC and Assembly. The world's first interactive drum-theatre experience. Direct from sold-out engagements in Japan, Johannesburg and off-Broadway. There is a drum on every seat for the audience to play along with the world's finest drummers, dancers and singers. Learn to play an African drum, and…

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1. ItsMe6 Aug 2013, 3:45pm Report

Great show, with the exception of the super long drawn out song by Wendy Oldfield (who just happens to be the Musical Director), ... no need for this at all and totally detracted from what was otherwise a fabulous, fast moving show.

PS - she also needs to invest in a bra!

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