Shakespeare Rap

Our Shakespeare Rap workshop uses Mc and Rap skills and theatre. Shakespeare workshop based on Shakespeares ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and Macbeth. Using hip-hop culture to look at Shakespeare from a modern perspective.

Shakespeare Workshop aims

The aim of the Shakespeare workshop is to help the pupils understand the Tudor language in all its gory detail and explain that the audience was in fact like them. The groundlings were largely apprentices, made up of 12 to 18 year olds. The language and the way it worked with iambic pentameter was a speech-rhythm to keep the flow of the show for them. It was discovered after scanning thousands of daily Elizabethan documents that a lot of the phrases and words used by Shakespeare were part of common speech. So maybe he was a good listener rather than a great academic. This helps us draw the similarities with the street language of rap and demystify Shakespeare.