Street dance interpretation of classic tale
PUBLISHED: 09:26 05 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:09 05 October 2010
A BOLD, contemporary hip-hop street dance interpretation of Robert Browning s poem The Pied Piper of Hamelin will be performed at the Barbican as part of this year s East festival. The production, by Boy Blue Entertainment, won an Olivier Award for Outsta
A BOLD, contemporary hip-hop street dance interpretation of Robert Browning's poem The Pied Piper of Hamelin will be performed at the Barbican as part of this year's East festival.
The production, by Boy Blue Entertainment, won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement when it showed at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in 2006 and has now been revived for audiences who missed the original sell-out production.
Pied Piper closely follows the structure of the original story but this version of the morality tale is told from an edgy, modern perspective.
In a typical urban setting the 'rats' are hooded ASBO youths, lured away by the Pied Piper, played by Kenrick 'H2O' Sandy, who promises to rid the streets of the so-called vermin of society.
But when the city governors renege on their deal, the Pied Piper takes his revenge.
Original music for the production is by Boy Blue Entertainment's Michael 'Mikey J' Asante who founded the company in 2001 Kenrick Sandy with the aim of encouraging teenagers to embrace dance while teaching discipline, team building and exposing them to performance and story-telling.
Pied Piper starts tonight (Thursday) in the Barbican's theatre and runs until Saturday, March 14 with evening performances at 7.45pm and matinees at 2.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Tickets cost £10-£26 from www.barbican.org.uk or 020 7638 8891.