The Shakespeare Project

Bass-heavy music, MC delivery styles, British Sign Language
+ First Folio Shakespearean text

I directed and produced a research and development project, exploring whether a new style of performing Shakespeare – blending electronic music, UK MC delivery styles and British Sign Language-influenced choreography – could make Shakespeare accessible to all.

Grime and club music is bass and vibration heavy, which is helpful for those with hearing loss. I wanted to use the music and British Sign language to find ways to make the text pop for younger, music-loving audiences and those with hearing loss – making for a much more inclusive event than your average night out at the theatre.

Seeking to bring theatre and clubland together, I commisioned a project logo from Paul Hemmingfield – designer of many club, bar and venue posters and logos around the city of Manchester and beyond and creator of the original logo for the world-famous Manchester clubbing season, The Warehouse Project. I also commissioned club photographer Louis Reynolds and northern video production company Forshaw Media, to document the project.

I was joined by a first-rate selection of artists during this process and the project was funded by Arts Council England and supported by Z-arts in Manchester and the BBC Performing Arts Fund.

Lady Lykez & Coco in Titania Vs. Oberon
Remmie Milner & Jamie Samuel in Hermia Meets Lysander
All the performers in Hamlet’s Advice to the Players

THE SHAKESPEARE PROJECT CREDITS

EMMA HILL
CHARLOTTE LEWIS
COCO
LADY LYKEZ
REMMIE MILNER
JAMIE SAMUEL
OWLY BEATS
NATHAN GEERING
PAUL HEMMINGFIELD
FORSHAW MEDIA
MUSIC AND THE DEAF
LIZ O’NEILL/Z-ARTS
LOUIS REYNOLDS

Director & Producer
Assistant Director
MC
MC
Actor
Actor
Music Producer
Choreographer
Branding Designer
Video Team
Consultants
Supporting Partner
Photographer

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