17-18-19 August 2012 / De Montfort Hall & Gardens, Leicester

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    Steve Lamacq, BBC 6Music


Hip Hop Shakespeare

12pm, Saturday, Into The Wild

Hip Hop Shakespeare

The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company is a music theatre production company founded by MOBO-award winning hip-hop artist Akala, who is also performing at the festival.

Based in London, THSC offers young people a different view of the arts and ultimately themselves. Through our education programmes, live music events and music theatre productions we engage young people, particularly those who are considered "hard to reach" and push them toward artistic excellence.

Via our education programme we deliver workshops and residencies delivered by THSC's Artist Associates (supported by THSC Peer Leaders) to educate and engage young people at schools, youth theatre's and various youth organisations who may not ordinarily be interested in Shakespeare and his work by demonstrating how modern hip-hop shares many similarities with the themes, language and rhythm used by The Bard. Our workshops aim to encourage young people to develop new skills in performing arts by getting them excited about words and rhyming, and thus gain a positive experience of Shakespeare, music, literature and the arts.

THSC produce interactive live music events, to showcase the work of up and coming young talent who have come through our education programme who share the stage with well-known artists and actors! Previous collaborators include; British actor Sir Ian McKellen, actor/musician Colin Salmon and RSC Voice Director Cicely Berry.