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ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company nominated for Black British Theatre Award
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ZooNation’s smash hit show Some Like It Hip Hop (2019) has been nominated for ‘Best Dance Production Award’ in the 2020 Black British Theatre Awards

Directed by Kate Prince, Some Like It Hip Hop joins productions from Boy Blue and Ballet Black in the category, all of which were nominated almost entirely by the general public. The nomination follows the show’s return to the West End last year at Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre and a successful UK tour.    

The Black British Theatre Awards began in 2019 as the UK’s first award show to celebrate the excellence and influence of black performers and creatives in the theatre industry. It’s an honour for ZooNation to join the nominees in a hugely poignant year. The 2020 Black British Theatre Awards will also be aired on national television for the first time, and the programme will be Executively Produced by Kwame Kwei-Armah and hosted at London’s Young Vic Theatre. 

ZooNation would like to thank the Black British Theatre Awards for the nomination, and congratulate all those involved in making the show the success it is.

 The ceremony will feature on Sky Arts this October, date TBC 

Creative Team

Book: Kate Prince, Felix Harrison
Music: D.J. Walde, Josh Cohen
Lyrics: Kate Prince
Director: Kate Prince
Associate Director: Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe
Choreographers: Kate Prince,Tommy Franzén, Carrie-Anne Ingrouille
Assistant Choreographers: Bradley Charles, Lizzie Gough
Musical Directors: Josh Cohen, D.J. Walde
Set Designer: Ben Stones
Original Costume Design: Ryan Chappell
Lighting Designer: Johanna Town
Associate Lighting Designer: Dan Street

Cast on stage:

Chris Alozie
Andry Oporia
Tommy Franzen
Aaron Nuttall
Lindon Barr
Bradley Charles
Lizzie Gough
Natasha Gooden
Jade Hackett
Ebony Clarke
Jackie Jaxx
Dwayne Nosworthy
DJ Walde
Elliotte Williams N’Dure
Annelisa Lamola
Royston Gooden

Some Like It Hip Hop Young Artist Training Scheme Participants

Jackie Jaxx, Cache Thake, Maisie Wilson

Filming by EdwardsFilms Ltd
Photography by Johan Persson

Digital Stage In Focus – Sadler’s Wells x ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company
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Some Like It Hip Hop to feature on Sadler’s Wells ‘Digital Stage In Focus’ series.

Available online 19-30 October 2020

We are thrilled to be sharing the full production of our five star show Some Like It Hip Hop from 2019 and more in the latest online series from associate company Sadler’s Wells.
This new digital venture will give you the chance to not only watch and enjoy the show at home, you can also take part in our Get Into Dance Workshop focusing on fitness and wellbeing delivered by ZooNation artists.

Find out more >  

ZooNation’s The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Online Premiere
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We are so excited to be sharing a FULL screening of ZooNation’s The Mad Hatters Tea Party for family audiences to enjoy at home. 

Watch now: https://youtu.be/DLF-LYhuZpY ​

We’ve teamed up with @RoyalOperaHouse & @RoundhouseLDN to premiere free online broadcasts featuring the 2016 production in all it’s Wonderland glory!
Restaged in 2016 for the unique space of the Roundhouse, this high-energy, fast-paced production features a host of body-popping and break-dancing characters, with live music composed by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde. ZooNation 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’.

Drawing inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party follows young psychotherapist Ernest who has a PhD in normalization but 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.

  • Relive the madness and join this tea party for all the family on Friday 31st July, 7pm BST.

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Be The Change That You Want To See – Statement from Founder and Artistic Director Kate Prince
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ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company creates work that aims to break down barriers and to fight racism, oppression, prejudice and inequality. We are anti-racist and endeavour to express that not just through the art we create, but also through our learning and participation work.

As an organisation founded by a Caucasian woman I recognise that this statement comes from a position of privilege. I also recognise that our work is predominantly inspired by black culture, and that without it, the success of ZooNation would not have been possible.

We stand strongly in support of all the black dancers, artists and creatives we have had the greatest pleasure of working with over the past eighteen years. We honour you, value you, respect you and love you. We want nothing more than for you to live and work in a safe environment, free of fear and to be able to raise children in a world where racism is extinguished.

Kate Prince, Founder and Artistic Director

ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company COVID19 related resources
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We know that during these unprecedented times it is essential that self employed artists are aware of the COVID19 related guidance and resources that are currently available. So we have collated as much information we can find and shared it on this page and will continue to update this regularly.

We hope these links are useful and if you see anything that you think should be included here, please just send an email to info@zoonation.co.uk

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