Zoop, Zoop Hackney! Who Aksed U? is back

The acclaimed play Zoop Zoop Hackney! Who Aksed U, is back for a second run at Hackney’s renowned Arcola Theatre next month.

The play was commissioned by Hackney Council and partners for last year’s Local Democracy Week and was shortlisted for a Channel Four Political Award for opening up politics to new audiences.

It tackles difficult local issues in an honest and balanced way, with its light-hearted approach and contemporary references making it a hit with audiences of all ages.

It begins in the Big Sister household, where the characters are thrown into the domain of the country s media. Among the housemates is Ross Bass, a local lad from an estate, Deborah Smith, "Mayor of Hackney" and Richard - a PR guru.

Ross wins and is convinced by Richard to run for Mayor against Deborah. The story unfolds blow for blow until the grand final: a debate in the Chamber under the watchful eye of Big Speaker, and a chance for the audience to vote for the winner.

Written by Benjamin Davies and devised with members of Hackney’s Youth Parliament, Zoop, Zoop has something for everyone: a biting satire on modern celebrity, media and politics using contemporary street slang and references, as well as a serious and balanced political polemic that engages with the local community head on.

Zoop, Zoop features a professional cast and is directed by John Terry, (Lark Rise to Candleford). Performances take place at Arcola Theatre in Dalston on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 May at 5.30pm.

Tickets are free. To book, call the Box Office: 020 7503 1646, or online: