Described as Jackie Chan meets The Waltons, Jump tells the tale of a night-in-the-life of an extraordinary Korean family whose chaotic home is disturbed by burglars. The burglars however, have picked the wrong family. From the draconian grandfather and unwittingly dangerous drunken uncle to the aggressively assertive mother, the family members relish nothing more than the challenge of martial arts showdowns, until that is, more entertaining sport arrives in the form of their hapless burglars. Perfectly timed slapstick comedy and impressive acrobatics and taekwondo moves ensue as the family fight to rid themselves of their unwelcome guests.
The popularity of martial arts comedy has grown increasingly since the early 1990s thanks to Asian action film stars such as Jackie Chan and Jet Lee. Their efforts have sparked a trend in big-budget films featuring and referencing martial arts from Chan’s Rush Hour series, to Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Jump in turn plays affectionately with such references and more besides, ranging from Seventies TV show Monkey to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, “Peking Opera-style stereotypes…Matrix-style slo-mo and freeze frame and rewind” (Sunday Telegraph).
The concept for the show was first established in October 1999, developing over several years. In 2001 the company began acrobatics training under the instruction of the Women’s National Gymnastics team coach Jeong-Ok Soo. For more than three years, Jump’s nine performers trained together in mime, acting and taekwondo and collectively the cast includes championship gymnasts, martial arts masters and highly skilled actors. Since 2005, the show has made over 1000 performances, touring internationally to festivals and venues including: Israel Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London’s Peacock Theatre. It is the world’s first stage show to mix martial arts with comedy and acrobatics.
“Hilarious. They’re not just dazzling acrobats, they’re blessed with remarkable comic timing – they literally don’t put a foot wrong” The Scotsman ****
Press night: Wednesday 7 February 2007 at 7.30pm
Performances: Tue – Sat at 7.30pm, Sat, Sun matinees at 3pm. Wed 14 February at 3pm