Stomp was originally formed by Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell in Brighton, United Kingdom back in the year 1991. The show uses a variety of objects as their percussion instruments on a daily basis.
The two first worked together as part of the theater show ‘Cliff Hanger’ and the street band ‘Pookiesnackenburger’. The two groups have joined forces in their series of street comedy and musicals performed at the Edinburgh Festival during the early 1980s.
Creswell and McNicholas’ collaboration continued to grow as they were able to produce, direct and finance another show named the ‘Stomp Show’ in the year 1991.
The show was first previewed at the London’s Bloomsbury Theater. Premiered at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, Stomp was chosen as the ‘Guardian’s Critic’s Choice’ and achieved the Daily Express ‘Best of the Fringe’ award.
Originally, the show was only casting 7 members, including Theseus Gerard, Luke Cresswell, Carl Smith, Fraser Morrison, Sarah Eddy, David Olrod and Nick Dwyer. However, during the same year of the show’s formation, the show grew from 7 to eight members with the addition of Fiona Wilkes.
During the early 1990s, the Stomp was a growing success. In fact, it was nominated in the Olivier for the ‘Best Entertainment Award’ category and has successfully won one award in ‘Best Choreography’ during the West End show in London back in the year 1994.
As the show continued to progress in the music industry, the casting has also increased from 8 to 30 members. Although Stomp was originally established in Brighton, United Kingdom, the show has moved to perform in Melbourne, Australia.
In the year 1994, Stomp began to perform at the Orpheum Theater, New York and won a ‘Drama Desk Award’ and ‘Obie Award’. For the past spanning years until now, Stomp has never stopped evolving and has grown way better in their career as theater artists and performers.