Know matter where my journey as a writer takes me, I will always still write primarily for my blog. That said I recently decided to join the On In Online team as one of their contributing writers. When the opportunity came up to potentially review Korean Martial Arts Play Jump, the gravity defying internationally acclaimed show by Ye Gam Theatre that combines comedy, martial arts and jaw-dropping acrobatics I didn’t need convincing and jumped at the chance, like literally! (pun intended)
Returning to Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre from Tuesday 28 October – Saturday 15 November 2014, Jump (one of Korea’s biggest selling shows to date) now amazingly has its own permanent theatre in Seoul and has toured throughout Europe, Asia and America.
Described as Jackie Chan meets Charlie Chaplin, the show tells the tale 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.
Impeccable timing, hilarious physical comedy, impressive acrobatics and Taekwondo moves ensue as the family fight to rid themselves of their unwelcome guests. This alone has me on the edge of my seat, envisaging in my little head the atmosphere as the cast wows the audience with moves a 1st Dan martial artist like I could ever dream of displaying.
Here’s a little statistic for you. Jump has been seen by well over 3.5 million people worldwide, in 60 cities AND in 27 countries. It was last performed at the Peacock Theatre, London in 2009 so returning to Sadler’s Wells’ after a 5 year hiatus I guess, somewhat of a homecoming.
Since its inception in 2003, Jump has achieved sell-out shows and loyal fans. To add to the shows credibility, in 2008 Jump was awarded the prize for The Best Performing Arts of Korea by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea.
With a nod to popular martial arts series and movies, ranging from seventies TV show Monkey to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Jump is a madcap action-packed display of Taekwondo, gravity-defying flips, dazzling acrobatics and swashbuckling sword fights.
I myself will be attending the press night on Tuesday 28 October 2014 with doors opening to the general public on Thursday 30th October – Saturday 15 November 2014. Note: No performances will be showing on Wednesday 29 October and Wednesday 5 November.
To give you a taster of what you can expect to see at Jump, I have included the short but funny martial arts packed trailer below.
For those that fancy attending what looks like a spectacular show and great night out, I have listed the location, times and prices of tickets below.
Peacock Theatre, WC2
Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30 pm,
Saturday matinee at 2.30 pm,
Sunday at 2 pm & 6 pm
Tickets are priced between £15.00 – £38.00 and can be purchased online by clicking HERE For those who do not want to make a booking via the web, simply call the Ticket Office on 0844 412 4322.
For more information regarding the different types of plays and performances being shown at Sadler’s Wells, they can be found online by visiting Sadler’s Wells website, Sadler’s Wells Facebook or by simply following them on Twitter.