The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – Find your groove (ZooNation Dance Company, Royal Opera House)

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Tommy Franzen as Ernest and Isaac ‘Turbo’ Baptiste as the Mad Hatter with other members of ZooNation Dance Company in The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Find out more at

Director and writer: Kate Prince
Choreography: ZooNation Dance Company
Music: DJ Walde and Josh Cohen
Set and costume designer: Ben Stones
Vocals: Elliotte Williams-N’Dure
Recorded: 2014 in the Linbury Studio Theatre

ZooNation creates irresistible narrative hip hop dance theatre. The company has won nationwide acclaim with its hugely popular shows, including Into the Hoods and Some Like It Hip Hop. Playfully drawing on everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim, Artistic Director Kate Prince and her company present brilliantly exuberant dance adventures overflowing with energy and wit.

The company’s latest work, The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, had a sell-out run at its premiere in 2014 and in 2016 was reimagined for the unique space of the Roundhouse. True to form, this dance adventure uses ZooNation’s 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 brings together regular ZooNation 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.