About the show
Young psychotherapist Ernest has a PhD in normalization, but he has his work cut out for him. At his new job in the Institute for Extremely Normal Behaviour, his patients all seem to be a long way from being ‘normal’. There’s Alice, who doesn’t know what size her body should be. The White Rabbit’s OCD means he’s always late. And the Queen of Hearts seems to have a serious problem controlling her anger.
But as Ernest gets to know his Wonderland ward, he begins to ask himself: what’s so great about being ‘normal’? Slowly and surely Ernest embraces his own differences, and learns with his new friends to celebrate the things that make us who we are.
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, produced by The Royal Ballet Studio Programme, had a sell-out run at its premier in 2014 at The Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio. It returned in 2016, reimagined for the unique space of the Roundhouse.
ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company used its energetic and accessible style to reinvent Lewis Carroll’s original story in an imaginative, 21st-century way, exploring perceptions of mental illness and what counts as ‘normal’. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party brought together regular ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company collaborators Ben Stones, with his innovative and colourful set designs, and the musical team Josh Cohen and DJ Walde – making this tea party the perfect family treat or alternative night out.
Director and writer: Kate Prince
Choreography: Kate Prince and members of the company
Music: Josh Cohen and DJ Walde
Lyrics: Kate Prince, Josh Cohen and DJ Walde
Set and costume design: Ben Stones
Lighting design: Andy Murrell
Sound design: Martin Adams and Thomas Thompson
Book a screening or workshop
Rent the production for your educational group for £25 (including VAT and booking fee) and have unlimited access to an online full show stream for five days.
ZooNation also offer industry led workshops, ideal for school, community and educational groups who would like to discover more about the creative process, choreography and characters behind the show.
The Mad Hatter's Tea Party Resource Pack
Ideal for key stages 3, 4, 5 and BTEC, this essential guide for dance educators offers students access to show clips, tutorials, workshop ideas and features an exclusive interview with Kate Prince and set designer Ben Stones.
Bring The Mad Hatter's Tea Party to your theatre, cinema or arts venue
A high quality film of this spectacular show is available to hire for commercial use. Screenings of the performance can be arranged with our production team for audiences to watch and enjoy all over the globe.
Own the soundtrack
Support ZooNation and our talented artists by purchasing the official The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party soundtrack. Featuring much loved tracks from the show including Funk it up, Hatter’s House and Wonderland.