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BrumHour was invited to see DX – DONUTS by the PR for DanceXchange.
By Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
Review: DX – DONUTS at Birmingham Hippodrome
Choreography: Jamaal Burkmar
Three friends, one sofa and a night split seemingly over several years.
The large black box space of Birmingham Hippodrome’s Patrick Studio offers a big space for these three dancers to perform in, their characters are close friends who find themselves starting out without a care in the world and quickly the reality of life affects them, splits them up and ultimately has to bring them back together.. for a time.
The music borrows elements of jazz, electronica, piano and chill with plenty of instruments to replace any required dialogue, there are only a couple of spoken lines in the entire piece. There’s even a playlist on Spotify featuring the music which you can check out below..
Extended Play’s DONUTS is a billed as a 70 minute piece, it did seem to slightly underrun that time which almost never happens at the theatre and particularly on a review night.
I found myself engrossed in this Friends TV show style format with its playful inclusive nature, it really invites the audience to listen to the music and watch the movement unfold. Slatted lighting shadows on the floor are used to suggest windows and there are several red lamps placed around the space.
Ultimately the story itself was left for the audience to interpret and consider with some big moments to help us understand the drama and light moments. This is a fun, relatable production about friendship.
DX DONUTS by Extended Play is at Birmingham Hippodrome’s Patrick Studio until 22nd October. Book here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/dx-donuts.
Find out more about this production here: theplace.org.uk/whats-on/collections/extended-plays-donuts-tour and discover more about DanceXchange here: dancexchange.org.uk