The Stories of Shakey P

shakespeare  theatrical  spoken word  delivery 

The Stories of Shakey P
Hip-hop meets classical playwriting in an electrifying lyrical brew, as the Bard is re-imagined as a playground battle rapper!

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Liner Notes

The Stories of Shakey P' is a compilation of rap retellings of Shakespeare plays, designed to capture the essence of the stories with a contemporary linguistic slant.

Using the premise that Shakespearean verse and rap have fundamental linguistic similarities, the show aims to provide students with an insightful and accessible gateway to the language of Shakespeare, by giving the stories a riveting contemporary slant.

The show begins with a rap battle between the young Shakespeare and his playground rival, Kit Marlowe, then takes a look at Richard III's therapy sessions, Othello in the style of Eminem's 'Stan', the tale of Macbeth told from the mischievous perspective of the three weird sisters, and a psychotically rhythmic insight into Hamlet's inner turmoil.


Cello: Oliver Willems
Violin: Oktawia Petronella

Recorded at Alchemy Studios
Illustration by Alice Loveday Dupré
Photography by Luke Das

released June 20, 2014


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