Kenyan Hip hop artist and British Council Youth Ambassador Octopizzo has joined the Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company ahead of their Shakespeare Lives programme, a global celebration of the Bard’s work and his influence on culture, education and society on the 400th anniversary of his death.
The Shakespeare Lives initiative, which has seen the British Council team up with UK-based charity Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), aims to use the power of Shakespeare’s anniversary year to give real help to children in some of the world’s poorest communities and to raise funds and awareness of their work in education globally.
The programme hopes to give millions of people in over 140 countries the opportunity to actively participate in an unique digital collaboration as well as experience Shakespeare’s works directly through brand new productions of his plays, film, exhibitions, public readings and educational resources.
Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company
The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company was founded in 2009 by BAFTA and MOBO award-winning UK hip hop artist Akala. It is a music theatre production company which aims to explore the social, cultural and linguistic parallels between the works of William Shakespeare and that of modern day hip-hop artists.
Their involvement in the programme has seen them deliver a series of workshop tours, live performances and professional development programmes.