By LOUIS HOBSON
The musical extravaganza Stomp, which opened at the Jubilee auditorium, is positive proof that sound, movement and laughter are all universal languages.
There is not a word spoken in the 100 minutes of Stomp, but that doesn't mean that the Jubilee stage isn't alive with drumming and stomping.
The eight cast members of Stomp turn everyday items into musical instruments and operate them with athletic precision.
They turn empty plastic water jugs into both percussion and wind instruments and they create a virtual symphony of sound using brooms.
When they throw sand on the stage, it becomes yet another instrument as do matchboxes.
In one number, they toss paint cans back and forth as they drum on buckets.
A Stomp-like pendulum on the scaffolding of the set had the drummer swing back and forth hitting hubcaps and other metal objects.
Later in the evening, it's inner tubes from tractor tires strapped to the performers that become a revolutionary musical instrument.
But there is nothing random about the staging.
The performers and their instruments create patterns and each other tells a simple but effective little story.
One of the most engaging aspects of Stomp is the humour that is built into each number.
The audience is laughing and applauding simultaneously.
Last night's audience needed no coaxing to join in the clapping numbers and enthusiastically gave the production a wild standing ovation.
Stomp is a phenomenon that has travelled the world and it's easy to see why it has the same effect wherever it plays.
It is one of the most accessible theatrical events imaginable.
Stomp runs at the Jubilee until Sunday.
Jubilee Auditorium until Sunday