RSC and David Tennant's Shakespeare rap - The Stratford Observer

RSC and David Tennant's Shakespeare rap

Stratford Editorial 2nd Sep, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016   0

THE RSC is giving youngsters a helping hand telling the difference between Shakespeare and rappers.

David Tennant – who has performed on the RST stage in Stratford on numerous occasions – hosts a new app called RE:Shakespeare, which aims to show 11 to 18-year-olds the Bard is not boring.

The app – created by Samsung and the RSC – focuses on Much Ado About Nothing and allows the user to take a quiz telling the difference between Shakespeare quotes and lyrics from rap songs.

It teaches lines from the play and how they should be spoken, and allows the user to practice with actual actors and directors  from the RSC.

And once they have completed their training the user gets to perform at the RST – on a 360 degree virtual stage.

RSC executive director Catherine Mallyon said: “Shakespeare remains Britain’s preeminent playwright 400 years on. His plays are part of our cultural inheritance and curriculum requirement.

“We play a leading role in ensuring this inheritance is shared with young people and to nurture their relationship with Shakespeare’s work and live theatre.

“The app allows them to  relate to his work in a completely new way. It allows them to work with an exciting range of artist and invites them onto our stages through the use of innovative technology. We hope this will enable many more young people to enjoy Shakespeare’s work.”

The app is set to be rolled out to schools across the country later this month. It is currently available to download for free on Android tablets and phones.

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