Into the Hoods: Remixed – review
Peacock Theatre

Published: Monday, May 16, 2016 3:11 PM | Review by: Uchenna Izundu | Afridiziak Star Rating:
Zoo Nation Into The Hoods Remixed (cred Hugo Glendinning) Zoo Nation Into The Hoods Remixed (cred Hugo Glendinning)

The sinewy dancers blend body popping, clocking, twisting, turning, and pirouetting to a soundtrack that transports us to the good old days of classic tunes with 70s soul, 80s pop, 90s RnB and neo soul.

Who can deny that art can galvanise action? It is striking to read from the programme for Into the Hoods: Remixed how many of the talented performers were inspired to take up professional dancing after watching the award winning hip-hop comedic fairytale production when it first opened.


Now, it has come full circle: from an audience member to a participant making their debut, the show has been remixed with new dancers, choreography, sets, and costumes following its sell out stint in the West End and UK national tour.


Against the textured and gritty multi-media scenery backdrop, the adventure of two children who stumble into Ruff Endz Estate and are compelled to steal an iPod as white as milk, weave as yellow as corn, a hoodie as red as blood, and trainers as pure as gold, to guarantee their bus tickets home is charming and vivacious.


Director and writer Kate Prince inverts and spins the characters of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Wolf, Prince, and Rapunzel into 21st century sheroes and villains trying to grapple with the all ensnaring music business. And, of course, a bit of twinkle toes, a magic wand, and designer bags ahoy are necessary from Godmother, Fairy Gee, if one is to get a head start over your rivals to party with the Prince.


Zoo Nation Into The Hoods Remixed (cred Hugo Glendinning) Zoo Nation Into The Hoods Remixed (cred Hugo Glendinning)

Stand out dance offs include grandma’s comrades in the old people’s home when Lil’ Red comes to visit her and is duped by Wolf (Duwane Taylor) instead into signing a contract so he becomes her manager. Crooked in posture and disjointed in mobility it is hilarious to see how the music revives them to cast off the zimmer frames and jive to the beat. Wolf is menacing in his Krump influenced dance style in harassing Lil Red (Natasha Gooden) to become his client. Her sunshine aura of hope and love is infused in her dancing. Prince (Daryl Baker) plays the player to the hilt.


The sinewy dancers blend body popping, clocking, twisting, turning, and pirouetting to a soundtrack that transports us to the good old days of classic tunes with 70s soul, 80s pop, 90s RnB and neo soul. The audience is doused in the dulcet tones of Jill Scott, cranked up by Salt-N-Pepa, and serenaded by KC & Jo Jo.


It really is a case of #HappilyEverAfter.


Zoo Nation Into The Hoods Remixed (cred Hugo Glendinning) Zoo Nation Into The Hoods Remixed (cred Hugo Glendinning)

Info: Into the Hoods is at the Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HT until May 21, 2016 | Book tickets




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