Fills Monkey: Incredible Drum Show

Sebastien Rambaud and Yann Coste's Incredible Drum Show thoroughly deserves its seemingly immodest title. The endearing Gallic pair’s joyous performance is astounding. They play the drums in a way you've never seen before.

Their feel good spectacle is slick, impeccably choreographed and will keep you rapt from the explosive start to the surprisingly sweet finale.

The demented duo have eschewed convention by bringing percussion (which is often relegated to the background) upfront and centre stage. Using a variety of increasingly bizarre props, they cheerfully disrespect their instruments, treating them like a musical adventure playground. And a fiesta of strobe, monochrome and kaleidoscopic lighting perfectly complements their aural pyrotechnics.

From the very beginning, it's clear that their goal is to make sure that everyone in the room is having the best time possible. So, as well as a fast and furious procession of impressive tricks and turns, there's lots of grinning, slapstick and call and response.

The high energy couple periodically dash up and down the aisles too. As well as all that there's also effective use of that comedy stalwart, the fall guy/straight man set up.

The show has a touch of Pixar about it in that it caters for all ages. There's plenty for kids to enjoy, but more than enough to keep adults genuinely entertained too. And it's all done without using any dialogue. Instead they communicate through the medium of mime and chuck in some yelling, whistling and a selection of cartoonish noises for good measure. But despite the tomfoolery, it's obvious that the pair are purveyors of musical wizardry. They're skilled, dexterous and their timing is spot on.

Loud, creative, frenzied and immense fun is the best way to characterise Fills Monkey. Their feel good spectacle is slick, impeccably choreographed and will keep you rapt from the explosive start to the surprisingly sweet finale.

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Fills Monkey: Incredible Drum Show comes to Edinburgh for its UK premiere! 'If there is one show to see, it's this!' ***** (Le Parisien). The illegitimate French sons of Stomp meet The Muppet Show's Animal in this mischievous drumming extravaganza. Fresh from their sell-out international tour, Sebastien and Yann blend 'humour and virtuosity' ***** (Le Monde) with frenzied mayhem! This visually spectacular show, bursting at the seams with energy and originality will leave you on a high, air drumming your way home. 'You can definitely play drums with rackets and tennis balls' (Le Parisien).

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