Sky1 Competition Winner Akai joins Into the Hoods

What happens when a selection of fairytales ‘evolves into a popular musical and transforms into a hip-hop inspired, funk-a-delic sensation?’

This summer, ZooNation graces Southbank Centre once again with their urbanised spin on the popular musical Into The Woods and this time, they are joined with Akai.

Akai is the winner of the popular ITV1’s reality show Got To Dance. With his outstanding, natural skills in breakdancing, ticking, pop n’ locking and waving, the 11-year-old from Kent will add to ZooNation’s fantastic performance.

‘I am so happy to be part of Into the Hoods. It’s an amazing opportunity and I am going to enjoy every minute of it!’

This hip-hop inspired piece provides social satire by way of dance as well as updated interpretations of classic stories such as Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella. ZooNation’s Into The Hoods is not just ‘a show for the kids’ and not just a show you watch to ‘be down with the kids’. It’s known as ‘a show that shakes the seats and rocks the house.’ (Daily Mail)

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Into the Hoods

Five budding young critics mentored by Guardian dance critic Sanjoy Roy and Times dance critic Donald Hutera attended the press night of Into the Hoods for Play the Critic, an initiative of Mousetrap Theatre Projects, a theatre education charity that enables young people with limited resources or support to engage with the best of London’s theatre.

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Get to know…the Into the Hoods cast

castWe asked some of our favourite characters from Into the Hoods to answer some questions that reveal a bit about their personal lives. Enjoy and don’t miss ZooNation’s award-winning five-star show that starts from 16 December (find out more/buy tickets here).  Or perhaps, you’d even like to be part of the cast? ZooNation are running auditions from the 15th – 19th of November – click here for more details.

We also have a surprise next week – so check this blog again then!

KP = Kate Prince (Director/Choreographer)
RH = Rowen Hawkins (Jaxx, who lives in the basement)
AO = Andry Oporia (Wolf)
DH = Denny Haywood (Ensemble)

Who is your favourite hero from fiction?
CJ Cregg from The West Wing. Some people wear T-shirts that say ‘What would Jesus do?’… I would like one that reads ‘What would CJ do?’
RH: Spider-Man. Always has been, always will be.
AO: Those who have affected the course of history for the better and influenced the world with their character. Too many to name – from politicians to athletes.
DH: Superman, ever since I was a boy.

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player?
Beautiful Surprise‘ by India Arie.
Rhymes like ‘Dimes‘ by MF doom. Love it!
AO: Hip-hop or R&B but I shuffle my playlist ’cause I love my funk and electronic/dance, and especially soul (The J.B.’s, James Brown, Romanthony, George Clinton etc).
All sorts!

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
I wish I could sing. I can’t. At all. I recently sang karaoke with my husband in Tokyo and then watched the video back afterwards and was absolutely horrified. I did my very best Cyndi Lauper ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun‘ and I sounded completely shrill, squeaky and posh. Like a chipmunk on speed.
I would love to own a four foot tail. the things you could do!
AO: I’ve recently taken an interest in poker. For some reason, I am intrigued by how the rules work (still confused though!?). But it’s a skill I’d like to acquire.
I’d like to fly a plane even though I’m a terrible plane passenger.

What – or where – is perfection?
KP: The Japanese gardens in my husband’s favourite park in Dusseldorf – feet in the water,  sun on my face.
RH: Perfection is Christmas dinner.
Coming from a background of perfectionists, I’ve inherited the desire to try to do everything to the best of my ability. Life has taught me my limits.
DH: On a surf board in the ocean waiting for the wave, it’s so good for your soul.

Into The Hoods: Production Photos


Into the Hoods the award-winning smash hit hip hop musical comes to Southbank Centre this Christmas. To get you in the mood we’ve posted a set of photos from the production up on our Flickr channel. Continue reading