Who We Are
Founded in 2009 by BAFTA and MOBO award-winning UK hip hop artist Akala, The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company (‘THSC’) is a music theatre production company aimed at exploring the social, cultural and linguistic parallels between the works of William Shakespeare and that of modern day hip-hop artists.
To date, our work has consistently proved popular with audiences of all ages around the world, having toured the UK, Europe as well as parts of South East Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and India.
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WHAT WE DO
We produce interactive live music events, to showcase the work of up and coming talent who have come through our education programme who share the stage with established artists and actors. These events are produced as part of our “Hip Hop Shakespeare Live” brand in which we work closely with THSC Artist Associates and Peer Leaders to produce live performances at music, theatre, arts and literature festivals internationally. We also produce live events under our “Hip Hop Shakespeare Youth Live” brand in order to programme THSC performances at community events/festivals for our arts education residency projects.
In our strive to push emerging talent toward artistic excellence, we partner with established artists, leading arts organisations, theatres, media outlets and music promoters to produce touring music theatre productions interpreting Shakespeare’s works whilst expanding the Hip Hop art form as a medium of self-expression for the masses.
Through our education programmes we deliver workshops and residency projects delivered by THSC’s Artist Associates (supported by THSC Peer Leaders) to educate and engage young people at schools, youth theatres and various youth/arts organisations. We engage those 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 education programmes are designed to encourage young people to develop new skills in performing arts by creating excitement around words and rhyming to gain a positive experience of Shakespeare, music, literature and the arts as a whole. These interactive sessions aims to assist in building self-confidence and unlocking creative and artistic abilities with lyric-writing and performing poetic lyrical reinterpretations based on Shakespeare’s works. Thus providing a platform to showcase creative ideas with the support and guidance from leading music and theatre industry professionals. THSC works across primary, secondary schools right up to College/University level to include interactive lecture formats.
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