AutoAuto! to Crash Into London's Riverside Studios

News   AutoAuto! to Crash Into London's Riverside Studios
Auto Auto — a show which turns a battered old Vauxhall Astra Mk2 into a symphony orchestra that performs music from Bach and Tchaikovsky to Benny Goodman and Motorhead — will arrive at London's Riverside Studios for a limited engagement this spring.

Previews at the London venue will begin April 9 with an official opening the following evening. The production will run through May 4.

Auto Auto, which was a hit at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, is a variation of Stomp, using found objects on the car itself to create sounds: The body of the car provides the sound box, the side grill is the rattle, the windscreen wipers squeak and sing, and the aerial makes a bass guitar string.

The inspiration for the production came to creator Christian von Richthofen when he was teaching young students who had recently been arrested for vandalizing cars. He persuaded them to attend all of his lessons in return for an old car to smash up on stage with baseball bats. He used the experience to teach them rhythm, and the idea for AutoAuto! was born.

The show is performed by Christian von Richthofen, Rolf Clausen and Kristian Bader.

AutoAuto! runs at Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, Hammersmith, London W6. For tickets call 020 8237 1111 or visit

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