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1981

Luke & Steve meet as members of the street band Pookiesnackenburger and the theatre group, Cliff Hanger. Together, these groups present a series of street comedy musicals at the Edinburgh festival and elsewhere throughout the early ’80s.


1983

After seeing the master Drummers of Burundi promoting their London concert with a street performance, Luke decides to create a street response, and his first ‘dustbin dance’ is created in time for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of Pookiesnackenburgers street and alternative cabaret performances.


1986

After two albums, a UK TV series and extensive touring throughout Europe, Pookiesnackenburger produce the highly acclaimed ‘Bins‘ commercial for Heineken lager. The ‘dustbin dance’ had proved incredibly popular both on stage and in TV appearances: they were invited to make the commercial using the tagline “refreshes the parts other beers haven’t bin”.


1987

Luke stages the first of four large scale outdoor events, as artistic and musical director: ‘Night of a Hundred Drums’, in Brighton, England with the help of  JJ Waller and Mick Perrin.


1988

Luke and Steve create an eight-minute ‘percussive movie’ called Drumtown for Bette Midler’s HBO special, Mondo Beyondo, under the Yes/No People banner, featuring Luke, Steve and drummer Frank Tontoh.


1988

Beat the Clyde’ drum event is staged in Glasgow, Scotland.
It involves floating a drum orchestra on a pontoon in the centre of Glasgow. It also marked the first time Luke would work with future Stomp performer, Fraser Morrison.


1989

The largest of Luke’s outdoor shows is the ‘Heineken Hove Lagoon Show’, involving a one hundred and twenty piece drum orchestra featuring the Brighton Festival Chorus and a full orchestral string section.


May 1990

STOMP, an experimental 30-minute theatre piece is first performed at the ZAP club on Brighton seafront, in the UK


July 1991

Steve and Luke’s new creation, STOMP, previews at the Sallis Benny theatre in Brighton and London’s Bloomsbury Theatre, with founder Cast members: Luke Cresswell, Nick Dwyer, Sarah Eddy, Theseus Gerard, Fraser Morrison, David Olrod and Carl Smith.


August 1991

STOMP premiers at the Edinburgh Festival, where it becomes The Guardian’s ‘Critic’s Choice’ and wins The Daily Express ‘Best of the Fringe’ award. It attracts the attention of Festival bookers, and before the run is through, STOMP is booked for Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Montreal “Just for Laughs” festivals.


September 1991

STOMP performs in the Time Out ‘Best of the Edinburgh Festival’ season at the Hackney Empire, London


November 1991 - 1994

The original cast of STOMP begin their world tour at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre, and play to capacity audiences around the world between 1991 and 1994. Fiona Wilkes joins  the Australian tour, covering for Sarah Eddy (on maternity leave), and becomes a full time member, bringing the original cast line up to 8 performers.


January 1992

STOMP play at the Sydney Festival
Shoot ‘Apples’ commercial for Australian Horticultural society. Winner of Silver Lion at Cannes and a Cleo award.


February 1992

STOMP play at the Adelaide Fringe, picking up the of ‘Best of the Fringe Award’

Bob Dylan comes to see what all the noise is about…

Shoot ‘JACCS’ credit card commercial for Japan: a solo performance by Luke Cresswell.


March 1992

STOMP play at the Melbourne Comedy festival: since the show is difficult to pigeon hole, it is booked by music, theatre, comedy and dance festivals… STOMP make a guest appearance in Lily Savages’ solo show, borrowing several of her wigs…


May 1992

Large scale STOMP (with 30 performers) is performed for the first time in the Dome theatre, at the Brighton festival; the show wins the ‘Most Outstanding Contribution to the Festival’ and ‘Most Innovative Work’ awards


June 1992

Royal Court Theatre, LONDON, part of “New Directions” season


July 1992

STOMP play at the Galway Arts festival and the Barcelona Olympics: Cultural Olympiad


August 1992

STOMP are the only act to play both French and English festivals at the Montreal Comedy Festival, winning the attention of Columbia Artists who offer to tour the show in the USA.


September 1992

STOMP play at the Aarhus festival of music, Denmark


October 1992

STOMP appear at the Newcastle dance Umbrella, UK with another large scale show, working with local communities.


November 1992

STOMP play at the Belfast festival, Ireland