Notes on... Madhead


MADHEAD may sound like a shlocky 80s horror, but the truth is it looks set to raise way more pulses when the National Youth Dance Company brings it to the Hippodrome's Patrick Studio, July 17. Thirty eight of the UK’s finest young body-movers fuse contemporary dance, physical theatre and hip-hop (...the hippie to the hip hip hop and you don't stop the rock...).

Choreographer Botis Seva’s something of a YouTube hit. You'll find him doing his dance thang throughout that there London, but here he's showing the ropes to a stage of organisationally raucous youngsters (if that's possible) in an energetic, thunderous and enthralling production.

If the trailer is anything to go by — and they tend to be — then this looks like a tub-thumping, base-pumping, stage-rocking spectacle. Oh and the NYDC has established a reputation for producing top performances from a company of courageous, diverse and keen-to-make-their mark performers. So the next Carlos Acosta could well be in the mixer. (TC)

MADHEAD plays for one night only, July 17, Patrick Studio, Birmingham Hippodrome. Tickets start from £10