The Tap Pack
By Danica Lamb on 29 Jan 2018
The Tap Pack bleed passion, energy and unwavering dedication to the craft of tap dance. It’s the perfect show for a family night out, a first date or when you’ve been tasked by your friends to ‘just pick something’ and you want to impress.
Over the course of the show, the group of four quite literally take your breath away with their speed, coordination and intensity. There is not a moment in the show that leaves you feeling competent, fit or remotely talented by comparison.
For tap enthusiasts, or even just anyone that can appreciate how truly difficult what they’re doing is, this is a five star show.
In addition to this, the group combines their rhythmic prowess with musical tributes to big band swing classics and reconstruct Top 40 Pop into sleek, cheeky jazz renditions.
The highlight of the show is when each group member takes a moment to explain how and when they first fell in love with tap, and manifest this into a themed performance.
Stories of sitting in the wings watching family members tap dance with bands, or paying for dance tuition by cleaning studios fill your heart with warmth.
Another highlight of the show is when two sets of feet appear to be engaged in an old school western gun battle- it’s cheeky, artistic and entirely unique. The brief moments of banter between the group is also light-hearted and fun.
What the show lacks is a clear structure however.
At the end of every amazing climatic group routine you’re left wondering what is going to happen next.
At the beginning of the show the musical performances and jazz remixes are a strong lead in one direction, however as the show goes on it tends away from musical performances to solo performances and tributes to the original Rat Pack.
Both are amazing and entertaining in isolation, however over 50 minutes it detracts from the overall feeling of engagement.
Overall, the show is an absolute pleasure to watch and is like nothing else on offer at FRINGE WORLD – 3 1/5 stars.
04 Feb 2018