A Chicago-based theatre company will give local Albury school students funky insights into how to use the English language for dramatic effect on Thursday morning (10 March, 2011).
The hip-hop workshop, for 23 senior drama students from Albury’s Trinity College, will be run by the cast from Funk It Up About Nothin’, a hip-hop version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing which opens at the Albury Entertainment Centre on Thursday night.
The workshop will start with a short performance from Funk It Up and then show students how they can use hip-hop to tell their own stories.
The workshop will be led by the show’s creators and directors, the Q Brothers – GQ and JQ, from Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
International hip-hop superstars MC Don Pedro and his crew emerge victorious from their long tour with a record number of rap battles, and accept an invitation to chill out at the mansion of the mad rich Leonato. When MC Claudio and Leonato’s daughter Hero lay eyes on each other, it’s love at first sight. Playboy MC Benedick and Hero’s cousin Lady B engage in battles of wits and swear off love . . . but not if Don Pedro and the rest of the crew can convince them otherwise. Don Pedro’s bastard brother Don John schemes to funk it all up and mess with everybody’s fun. With a live DJ spinning some truck-thumpin’ beats, Shakespeare’s romantic comedyMuch Ado About Nothing is transformed into a hip-hop celebration of language, love and laughter.
Beatrice and Benedick Battle in “Funk It Up About Nothin’”