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 – Director & Producer
CHARLOTTE LEWIS – Assistant Director
COCO – MC
LADY LYKEZ – MC
REMMIE MILNER – Actor
JAMIE SAMUEL – Actor
OWLY BEATS – Music Producer
NATHAN GEERING – Choreographer
PAUL HEMMINGFIELD – Branding
FORSHAW MEDIA – Video Team
MUSIC AND THE DEAF – Consultants
LOUIS REYNOLDS – Photographer

Thank you to Liz O’Neill and Z-arts for supporting and hosting us.

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