Olivier Award Winner
by Kenrick Sandy, Michael Asante & ULTZ
"Stratford East’s Theatre Royal could very well lay claim to being one of the hippest theatres in the capital and it is certainly hopping right now with Pied Piper, a hip-hop narrative dance extravaganza that is deservedly summonsing a huge following to the East End.
“An enterprise born in the community itself, when choreographer Kenrick Sandy and musical director Michael Asante started running dance classes for children who would otherwise not have had access to this kind of dance training, in five short years they have not only trained over 500 performers, but are also now making that work public via this electrifying explosion of movement and music”
“Boy Blue Entertainment's Pied Piper is a hip-hop retelling that fizzes with invention. Street dance, acrobatic and martial arts moves turn dancers into scorpions or swooping bats. In the original tale, the Pied Piper charmed away rats, then took the town's children. This time, the rats are the young people, faces hidden in black hoodies. They scurry about the stage, group formations suddenly forming out of anarchy.
This show, which won an Olivier award for its original run at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, makes brilliant use of Boy Blue's forces”