The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company joins us at IATEFL 2016

20 April 2016

Macmillan Education teams up with The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company to celebrate Shakespeare's anniversary

Saturday April 23rd 2016 marks one of the biggest moments in our cultural history: the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. And, as part of our year-long Shakespeare for Life campaign, Macmillan Education have teamed up with The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company to celebrate Shakespeare’s enduring influence on our everyday language and lives.

Founded by MOBO award-winning hip-hop artist Kingslee “Akala” Daley and with support from actor Sir Ian McKellen, The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company (THSC) is a music production company that works with young people and communities across the globe to deliver an education programme exploring Shakespeare’s legacy and work.

Established by Macmillan Education to offer ELT teachers and students a fresh new take on Shakespeare, THSC’s latest collaboration brings a brand-new release of Akala’s famous ‘Comedy, Tragedy, History’ rap: adapted and re-recorded exclusively for Macmillan Dictionary and for an ELT audience. To accompany the rap video, Macmillan Education has also created a lesson plan and additional resources for teachers to use with students in the classroom.

The artists from the Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company were also on hand to cause a stir at this year’s IATEFL Conference, bringing their unique blend of sonnets and rhymes to the EFL teachers gathered at the Birmingham International Conference Centre. Poet Ryan Henry led the pop-up session, setting sonnet 18 to a variety of beats, performing original compositions based on specific works and highlighting the parallels between Shakespeare’s language and modern Hip-Hop. Watch the video now!

The collaboration forms part of Macmillan’s wider Shakespeare 2016 celebrations, which include expert-led webinars, the new Shakespeare for Life lesson series and a global creative writing competition. Find out more here.

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