Charlie Dupré

Rap from London, United Kingdom

Tags  Spoken word  Ukulele  Hiphop 

Rap and spoken word artist, uke-hopper, pretender.

Biography

Charlie is a spoken word and rap artist known for combining literary influences with a pulsing, characterised delivery. Described by Annexe Magazine as ' a unique brand of poetic wizardry', on the spoken word circuit and at festivals such as Latitude, Secret Garden Party and Soundwave, he has supported the likes of Scroobius Pip and Kate Tempest, and is a four-time Hammer and Tongue national slam finalist. He is co-founder and host of the freestyle rap event, "On The Spot' and has two hip-hop releases, ‘2012 Male’ and ‘OT’, currently out on Rocstar Recordings.

Trained as an actor, Charlie brings a uniquely theatrical and character-driven edge to the craft of spoken word. His first full-length rap-theatre show, 'The Stories of Shakey P' gave Shakespeare stories a riveting contemporary slant by re-imagining the Bard as a playground battle rapper. Commissioned in part by the RSC as a celebration of the outgoing artistic director, Michael Boyd, it debuted at the Edinburgh Festival 2012 to immense acclaim, hailed as ‘the best English lesson you never had!’ by The Scotsman. Since then it has toured festivals and schools, and has had London showings at the Arcola, the Roundhouse, the Tristan Bates Theatre, Trafalgar Transformed as a TrafExtra event, and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

In 2014, his second live theatre show, 'Philosorappers’, re-told the entire history of Philosophy via a kinetic mish-mash of rap, comedy and solo performance, and 2016 sees the release of his Arts Council-funded 15-minute short film adaptation, 'Faustus: Remixed'.

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