Interview: ‘STOMP’ creator on discovery via experimentation
LONDON, United Kingdom – For someone who has never watched the production, describing STOMP can be somewhat of a challenge because of its unconventional nature.
The 140-minute theatrical show (with no intermission) incorporates theatricality and percussive sounds from items found in most households. Trash bins, broomsticks, matches and the clapping of hands will become the instruments for which a dynamic expression of music takes center stage. (WATCH: Cast interviews: Creating the sounds of STOMP)
Some of the cast members have been part of STOMP for 7 straight years, while other newbies have only been part of the production for seven months. The show is constantly being revised, with new routines that the creators have a direct hand in, which the cast members claim to be a very evolving experience.
What’s more exciting than the amazing new numbers that have been incorporated for the rerun of Stomp in Manila is the exclusive opportunity to witness a veteran STOMPER, Andres Fernandez, who is born to a Kapampangan father and Visayan mother. Fernandez is looking forward to being back in the Philippines again since his last visit in 1991.
Experimenting with sound
On a media trip to London recently via Lunchbox Productions and Concertus Manila, I not only got to watch the mind-blowing production at the Ambassadors Theater at the West End, I also had the opportunity to meet the some of the cast members and one of the creators of the show, Mr. Steve McNicholas. (WATCH: Raw, basic, unconventional: The cast speaks on STOMP)
Steve McNicholas hails from Yorkshire, U. K. and prior to being a director, was an all-around performer. McNicholas used to play in a band that played on the streets of London, Paris, and all around Europe with co-creator Luke Cresswell. As McNicholas played guitar, violin, and mandolin and sang, Cresswell played the snare drum and engaged with the audience.
According to McNicholas, “Cresswell, wanted to be an active drummer so he started experimenting. If someone was there with a bicycle, he would start playing on the bicycle. If there was a trash can where we were, he would play on the trash can, and on occasion play on a policeman’s helmet. And it became a thing just down the road from here in Covent Garden. And people loved that interaction, loved the experimentation. It made us want to experiment even more.”
Watch Rappler’s exclusive interview below:
Tickets for Stomp are available on Ticketworld, running at the CCP Mainstage from June 17-22, 2014