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Tap Dogs at the Peacock Theatre | Review

Dein Perry's Tap Dogs - Photo credit Chris Richardson
Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs – Photo credit Chris Richardson

Tap Dogs the sensational Australian tap show has returned to London. This is the first time since 2010 that Tap Dogs, created by Dein Perry, has been in the UK. Since its creation in 1995 Tap Dogs has travelled the world impressing audiences with astounding tap skills, rhythms and tempos. Unlike other traditional tap shows, Tap Dogs mixes outstanding tap moves and music with a construction site setting to create an energy-fuelled show.

Tap Dogs is exciting and will have the audience open-mouthed as the talented cast, including Anthony Russo, Nathaniel Hancock, Richard Miller, Chaise Rossiello, Justin Myles, Reid Perry, Nathan Beech and Sam Marks, work their way through some incredibly complex tap skills. Not only this but the cast also manage to pull off some outrageous stunts including tapping upside down, on metal girders, in water and on moving platforms, not to mention their fantastic ball skills which see all six men expertly performing basketball tricks whilst tapping and staying in complete sync with each other. The talent on display is truly out of this world and just watching these incredible men will make the audience feel tired.

The stunts and tricks are stunning to watch but this show is more than just tricks. The footwork is amazing and the timing and rhythm is impeccable. Clearly, there is a lot of work that goes into each performance of this fantastic show and the performers give it their all on stage. The rhythms and music created are very reminiscent of shows such as Stomp! which is always a hit with audience members from young to old. Because of this, Tap Dogs is a real family-friendly show. It is definitely accessible for everyone, regardless of your dance or tap knowledge, and may actually spark of a love of dance for the younger generation. It certainly brings tap dancing to the 21st century.

The whole effect onstage is brilliant to watch. The movable set, formed of heavy construction pieces, is utilised well and creates different textures for the performers to tap against from scaffolding to metal girders. The two onstage musicians, Catarina Percinio and Noriko Terada, are excellent and it is great to see two talented women accompanying the male dancers. The heavy metal backdrop quickly changes as the show progresses to become a large digital screen which adds to the rock concert style and makes for a vivid, exciting backdrop to the action onstage.

Tap Dogs is definitely not your ‘traditional’ tap show. It is more than that. It is a spectacle, fun and exciting. This style of dancing is incredible and the athleticism shown by the talented cast is outstanding. Whether dance and tap is your thing or not there is something for everyone in this show. Don’t miss it during its brief stint at The Peacock Theatre, in the heart London’s Theatreland.

5 Star Rating

Review by Amanda Reynolds

Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS returns to The London stage with its trademark blend of live music and tap dance as you’ve never seen before. The New York Observer called it “Positively electrifying”.

Part theatre, part dance, part rock concert and part construction site, the show is crammed with high-energy dance, theatrical performance and music performed by the cast and live musicians in this unstoppable spectacular. Whether in water, upside-down or jumping through scaffolding, the TAP DOGS have been performing to the beat of their own drum for over 20 years.

Winners of over 15 international awards including an Olivier Award (UK), an Obie Award (New York) and a Pegasus Award (Spoleto Festival in Italy), the global smash hit has appeared in over 330 cities on six continents and has been seen live by over 12 million people. A worldwide television audience of over 3.4 billion saw 1,000 Tap Dogs performing in the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympics.

This October, TAP DOGS storms back into London and lands at The Peacock for a strictly limited run.

Booking Period: 23 October – 10 November 2018
Running Time: 1 hour 20 minutes with no interval
Age Restrictions: No under 5’s
VENUE: Peacock Theatre, Portugal St, London WC2A 2HT

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