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posted/updated: 19 Aug 2019 -
Noise Boys
Nic Doodson Productions, Andrew Kay and Associates, Great Leap Forward
society/company: Edinburgh Festival Fringe (directory)
performance date: 18 Aug 2019
venue: Venue 8. Assembly George Square - Gordon Aikman Square EH8 9LH
reviewer/s: Chris Abbott (Sardines review)


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Noise Boys is a newly-formed group of musicians, beatboxers and tap-dancers whose show celebrates the ways in which sound can be generated with voice and feet. The show is written by Rob Broderick and Adam Woollard and choreographed by Douglas Mills, an experienced team who have brought together a group of young performers who can appeal to all ages.

Production values are high too, with a setting in a despatch warehouse and the cast entering in overalls that are soon cast off to reveal a range of street clothes. Packing cases and stairways become impromptu stages, and these are constantly rearranged to produce new stage pictures, enhanced by the lighting possible in a large venue.

Beat-boxing and looping may have been new to some of the older members of the audience but they were certainly impressed by what they saw, although a few whispered conversations were needed among families so that the younger members could explain what was happening…

Much of the audience will have been familiar with tap, but will seldom have seen it performed with such style and skill as here, by four dancers who have been allowed to retain their own individual styles. With occasional rap and song interludes, this was a show put together with great care and which built to an exhilarating finish. This will not be the last we see of Noise Boys; this could be the next Stomp









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