The Shakespeare Project

Bringing grime beats and delivery styles together with Shakespearean text…

Some Background to The Shakespeare Project

In November 2016, I directed and produced a research and development week into the concept behind The Shakespeare Project – can we use UK electronic music and MC culture to reimagine Shakespeare?

Specifically, the styles and vocal delivery patterns of grime music.

We were joined by a first-rate selection of artists during this process, including the MCs Coco and Lady Lykez – photos and video below showing the results of some of the work we did.

We were also joined by Danny Lane of Music and the Deaf, who consulted on the first steps towards developing a new choreography for performers of the text that integrates BSL (British Sign Language) into the performance. Grime music is bass and vibration heavy – finding ways to make the text pop for those with hearing loss makes for an exciting and inclusive event.

The Shakespeare Project R&D Week

The results of The Shakespeare Project research and development week are in.

Grime beats, musicality, movement and Shakespearean text fit each other beautifully – plenty video, photos and creative team info below.

All photos below Credit: Louis Reynolds @photosbylouis

The Shakespeare Project R&D Team:

Emma Hill – Producer, Director, Text Editor – @emmahillwrites
Charlotte Lewis – Assistant Director – @charlypies
Remmie Milner – Actor – @remmiemilner
Jamie Samuel – Actor – @_jamiesamuel
Coco – MC/Performer – @thecocouk
Lady Lykez – MC/Performer – @ladylykez
Owly Beats – Music Producer – @owlybeats
Nathan Geering – Choreographer – @rationalep

Supporting Players:
Paul Hemmingfield – Branding Designer – @paul_hemmo
Forshaw Media – Video Team – @forshaw_media
Music and the Deaf – Access Consultants – @MusicandtheDeaf
Liz O’Neill/Z-arts – Critical Friend and Social Media Support – @lizo_z & @z_mcr
Arts Council England Grants for the Arts – @ace_national & @ace_thenorth
BBC Performing Arts Fund – @bbc_paf