Into the Hoods SKINNYFest 1

Perfect for younger audiences

Article by Caroline Hurley | 14 Aug 2006
Exuberance and enjoyment make up for the simplistic narrative driving young street dance troupe Zoo Nation in Into the Hoods, loosely based on Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. Two young children are stranded on a council estate and must collect four items from various characters before they can return home. Although performed with gusto, the choreography at times tends towards Top of the Pops-style set pieces - perhaps not surprising, considering the group appear in the new Will Young video.

Pop hits past and present are used cleverly for comic effect and lend pace to a somewhat unengaging premise. Strong performances from two very talented leads, Spiderella and Jaxx, help to distract from weaker moments in the ensemble sequences, where the nature of the beat-driven, angular movements demand a more disciplined, flawlessly tight performance. Perhaps not one for physical theatre aficionados or seasoned breakers, Into the Hoods is still immensely crowd-pleasing and is perfect for both younger audiences and those seeking some light, energetic entertainment.
The E4 Udderbelly, 3-28 August, 15.45, £13(£10)/£11(£9). Zoo Nation.