Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers: Beat Grrrls

Music (world music, physical theatre)

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  • Assembly Rooms - Bijou
  • 17:30
  • Aug 24
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 0+
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 0 and above (0+)
  • Accessibility:
    Sight not needed
    Hearing not needed
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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


The high-voltage rhythm sisters of Mugenkyo rock the Bijou, flexing their muscles on huge taiko drums, with stamina, skill and precision. This brand new show is presented by the girls from Mugenkyo, the UK’s most successful touring taiko organisation, celebrating 25 years at the forefront of the art form, with groundbreaking performances, collaborations across genres, TV appearances, album releases and international touring. A visual delight of beauty, attitude and choreographed synchronisation, in a riot of rhythm, irresistible energy and Grrrl power. Book early, this show will sell out!

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  • Sight not needed
    Hearing not needed
  • Accessible entry: Ramped access
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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James Thomson 85 days ago

I've seen many Taiko shows at the Fringe over the years, and this is by far the worst. Clumsy movement across the stage, repetitive compositions, awkward chemistry and an overall spurious display of Taiko. The idea of showing female power is admirable, but the execution is off the mark. 2/5.

Daniel Taylor 89 days ago

Engaging and surprising. Great multi-cultural representation from the performers in a historic and spell binding venue for the audience. The energy spills off the stage with powerful vocalisations from the Beat Grrls! Well worth the money. Fantastic show.

Barbara Grant 89 days ago

Tedious and repetitive. And now a Japanese person in sight - either on the stage or in the audience. Lots of squealing and self-promotion. Don't waste your money

Paul Harwood 93 days ago

Wonderful. Rhythmic. Loud. Lively. Fun. A highlight.

Agnes Lagden 94 days ago

Excellent show. What energy! My arms ached just watching! Useful free programme with descriptions and origins of the different pieces. Not as lively as their "Tribe" production but the "grrrls" more than held their own. A special mention to the poor girl who struggled on despite having broken a bone in her foot on the first night.

John Brebner 96 days ago

We absolutely loved this show and can thoroughly recommend it. The all women cast displayed power and independence through their mesmerising rhythms that held the audience spellbound. I have never seen the strength of womanhood displayed so well, all young women should see this and be inspired.

Kirsty L 98 days ago

Quite enjoyable but pretty mundane as far as drumming shows go. They move awkwardly on a stage that looks too small for their purpose. The price point should be lower for a 2.5/5 kind of show. I don't regret going but I wouldn't recommend.

Alex Williams 99 days ago

A whole load of rhythm and talent here. Quite hypnotic after a while. I hadn't realised it was a smaller, all women show. Less spectacle than shows I've seen before, but still amazing to witness.

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UK Theatre Network (4/5 stars) 88 days ago

Beat Grrrls is making its premiere at the Fringe. Consisting only of women, who in times gone by were not permitted to play the sacred Taiko drums, this show turns this stereotype on its head and features gentle, more feminine pieces as well as the usual heavy stuff.

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Fest (3/5 stars) 92 days ago

Taiko is a traditional style of Japanese drumming, and the Mugenkyo Drummers—the name means “limitless reverberation”—are the longest-running Taiko troupe in Europe. Based in central Scotland, they’re a regular fixture at the Fringe with their energetic gigs. This year, though, their show is a little bit different. In most of...

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The List (3/5 stars) 99 days ago

Powerful, physical, rhythmic drumming...

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