With pounding precision beats, dazzling dance routines and a light show that wouldn’t look out of place in Las Vegas, Rhythm Drum & Dance has to be one of the largest spectaculars at this year’s Fringe.
In a series of segments which trace the history of the pop drum, we are treated to rock, tap, pop and techno – all of which fills the large venue at the EICC with heart-thumping rhythm and colour.
It’s obvious from the show that all the drummers concerned are hugely skilled, and easy to understand how they have played with the likes of the Blue Man Group, Randy Crawford and Gloria Gaynor. The dancers are visually exciting too, with the tap routines performed under white spotlights being particularly enjoyable.
The drumming is played to backing tracks, which adds some Euro-style melody to the crashing beats; added to further by the fantastic lighting and big-budget production values, courtesy of the mastermind behind the show, Freddie Rutz.
This is one of these shows which is guaranteed to get your feet tapping – and may even get you out of your seat and dancing along to the rhythm & dance from Berlin.
Ticket information is available from the Fringe website.
Review by Keith D