Dein Perry's Tap Dogs Critics & Reviews
"Tap" suggests a light touch. That's exactly what Tap Dogs lacks. Dein Perry's heavy-footed hit, originally made in Australia in 1995, returns to the UK with a new generation of dancers, led by Adam Garcia. Seven men in scruffy clothes and big boots clunk around a construction-site set, or up ramps and ropes that they build as they go along. When they start tapping, it's not so much to dance as to make lots of noise, show off, have a laugh, or outdo each other, and every overamplified rat-a-tat routine is accompanied by joshing shoves and kicks, yelps of "oi!" and "yeaaargh". We really don't need the piss-on-boots sight gag to understand the hysterically overstated message: these are not dancers, they are workmen, regular blokes, real guys.
Once that's been drummed home, the performers lighten up and dance a little more, thankfully. It's mostly stompy stuff, but there are moments of mugging humour in Donovan Helma's disco send-ups and Jesse Rasmussen's little-boy clowning. Better are the occasional flairs of physical wit: a neat basketball-passing routine; a backlit lineup like a stop-motion photo sequence. Better still is a duet for Richie Miller and Garcia, which actually shows some lightness of touch. Miller is a nifty mover, but it's Garcia who stands out here, as elsewhere, because you sense him getting into the rhythm and flow of the dancing.
As a production, Tap Dogs is slick and effective, with its jungle-gym set and rock-gig ambience. But its attitude is summed up in a scene where the dancers splosh around in a trough, spraying the audience with water. You can take that as just boisterous horseplay, but with its undercurrents of taunting and aggression, it doesn't make for an entirely comfortable experience.
By : Sanjoy Roy
Ref Linkk : The Guardian
Dein Perry's Tap Dogs returns to the London stage with its trademark blend of live music and tap dance. Combining high voltage, rugged, raw talent Tap Dogs has taken the world by storm."Positively electrifying"
THE NEW YORK OBSERVER
The winner of over 15 international awards including an Olivier Award, 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."Part theatre, part dance, part rock concert and part construction site!"
BBC UK, 2000 Olympics
Ref Linkk : Sadlerswells
Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT
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Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HTCapacity:
The Peacock theatre is housed in the basement level of an office building, built in 1960.Full Access Information
When you enter through the main doors, there are 5 hand railed steps up to the foyer level and a wheelchair platform lift to the right side if required. The right hand side main door is automatic and can be opened by pressing a large rectangular button on the right wall outside. If you do not wish to gain access by the steps or lift there is also a ramp entrance from Kingsway. Please speak to a member of staff if you wish to use this entrance.
In the foyer area, the Ticket Office is directly in front of you, and you can collect your tickets from there. The ticket desk has an induction loop system.
Headsets for audio described performances can be requested by speaking to a member of staff at the Ticket Office. There is a large print season brochure provided upon request and a large print programme if notice is given when booking your ticket.
There are three levels - Circle, Foyer and Stalls. There is an accessible toilet in the Foyer area and at Stalls level. A Radar key is required to gain access to the toilets and can be requested from a member of Front of House staff.
There are stairs leading to all levels and a lift to all floors, specifically available to those that cannot access the stairs. The lift is situated to the right of the main foyer. Please speak to a member of staff is you wish to use this facility. There is also a ramp leading to the back of the Circle seating area from the left side of the main foyer.
From the Stall bar area there are six steps leading up to the back of the auditorium. There is also a shuttle lift for those who cannot use the stairs. Please note this lift is not designed to be used by mobility scooters.
There are two bars selling refreshments. These are on the Stalls and Circle levels.
There is a cloakroom in the Circle bar with a low counter. The Auditorium and Where To Sit
To the right of the Ticket Office, stairs and a lift lead down to the Circle bar and then the Stalls bar. The auditorium is accessed through the bars. This will take you into the back of the auditorium.
The auditorium seats approximately 800 people. The seating is raked, and two aisles - one either side of the auditorium - descend in shallow steps towards the stage. There is a handrail on the outside of each aisle, and the number of each row is lit on each step. There are also two aisles which divide both the stalls and circle in to three sections.
For wheelchair users, there are seven spaces at the back of the Circle. Wheelchair access is through the Ticket Office. A member of staff will escort you to your space. There are another two spaces at the back of the Stalls, which can be accessed by using the main foyer lift and the shuttle lift from the Stalls bar area.
The auditorium uses an infra red induction system.Facilities At Peacock Theatre Seat plan:
Peacock Theatre Seat PlanFacilities:
Infrared hearing loop
2 licensed bars. Drinks brought to disabled customers in plastic cups. 22 steps down to Dress Circle bar from foyer – moveable chairs and tables. 44 steps to Stalls bar Limited mobility:
Seats J1–17 and J23–29, B1–4 and B20–23, C22, D7, D23, E8 and E24 all have good leg room. Access description:
Main entrance is on Portugal Street. 4 steps to foyer through double doors opening outwards. Box Office straight ahead. 22 steps down then 7 up to Dress Circle (2 steps between rows). 44 steps to Stalls. Steps have handrails and highlights Sound Amplification:
Infra-red system Guide Dogs:
Guide dogs allowed inside auditorium and staff available to dog-sit if needed Disabled Access:
No steps through the Admin. doorway on Kingsway – ask an usher to take you round. A portable ramp will be placed over 3 steps inside the entrance. Auditorium entrance along corridor and to left. 2 spaces for wheelchair users at back of Dress Circle. Companions can sit in same row. Transfer seating available to aisle seats. Wheelchairs stored in AV roomNearest tube
: HolbornTube lines:
West EndRailway station
: King's Cross St PancrasBus numbers:
(Aldwych) 1, 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 188, 243, RV1, X68Night bus numbers:
(Aldwych) 6, 23, 139, 188, 243, N1, N11, N13, N26, N47, N68, N87, N89, N91, N155, N171, N343, N551Car park:
Drury Lane, Parker Street (8mins)Within congestion zone?:
YesDirections from tube:
(5mins) Turn left on Kingsway and carry on 200 metres until Claire Market, where the theatre is on your left.