PREVIEW: Stomp, Sunderland Empire

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A SHOW that uses everything, from a lighter to the kitchen sink, to make music is back with a bang.

Stomp is returning to the Sunderland Empire next month.

Since their last visit to Sunderland, the Stomp cast performed in the closing ceremony at the 2012 Olympics and has introduced two new pieces to the show: Frogs and Trolleys.

Trolleys tap into the everyday experience of negotiating a busy shopping aisle with a fully-laden supermarket trolley, but soon transforms into the closest Stomp will ever get to drum corps.

Frogs explores the bizarre sonic possibilities of a variety of plumbing fixtures.

Creators Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas say they are both happy with the way the new pieces have slotted in – each with Stomp’s trademark exploration of sound, movement and physical humour. And there’s more to come: they will be working on more new routines later this year.

Stomp has been hailed for its high-octane meeting of slick choreography, tight ensemble work, industrial percussion and a narrative of anarchic clowning.

The talented troupe manage to make music from the most ordinary of household items: turning brooms into soft shoe partners, clapping into intricate conversations and water cooler bottles into sophisticated instruments.

Even a row of folding chairs are straddled, slid, slammed and slapped into rhythmic submission.

To date, audiences totalling 14million across 50 countries have been entertained by the show which was conceived after Luke hung a single drum around his neck in 1991.

Tickets are available from £12 in person at the Box Office or from £14.90 from 0844 871 3022 and www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland.