Acclaimed rapper and world record-holding beatboxer Testament smashes together UK Hip Hop with the iconic poetry of William Blake. Celebrating the greatest counter-cultural voices in British history, Blake Remixed fuses music and storytelling with a live DJ and interactive video.
Made in collaboration with Scratch DJ World Champion DJ Woody, the show brings cutting social insight to a coming of age story with a difference. The show features filmed appearances from internationally renowned UK Hip-Hop artists Soweto Kinch, Jehst, Ty and Shlomo.
Blake Remixed was initially developed at West Yorkshire Playhouse with Leeds based producers LittleMighty as a co-production.
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Co-Creator: DJ Woody
Director: Tom Wright
Designer: Lily Arnold
Projection Designer: Dave Lynch
Original Lighting Design: Tim Skelly
Original Music: Homecut
The Blake Society
Blake Remixed has developed an exciting education programme to help
introduce the poetry of William Blake in schools.
The workshops use spoken word and Hip-Hop as a dynamic way to explore poetry.
The workshops are led by the show’s central performer and creator Testament who has also facilitated schools work for over 10 years.
Our programme challenges preconceptions about poetry and Hip-Hop art forms, and allows participants to create their own response.
The Blake Remixed workshops link with the new English specification from 2015:
- Focus on 19th century poetry
- Focus on pupils appreciating the depth and power of the English literary heritage, and discussing and explaining the ideas that it brings up.
- Workshops can be tailored to both entire year groups and small classes and are suitable for pupils with low engagement.
- A fun workshop day with Testament at your school introducing them to Blake’s poetry and working with pupils on their own ‘Blake Remixes’
- Engaging multimedia resources and planning for 4 sessions
- A final workshop with Testament where pupils perform their work in a Blake-themed poetry slam
Complementary DJ & Audio-visual Workshops with DJ Woody are also available.
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The Blake Remixed project is the brainchild of Hip-Hop artist Testament aka Andy Brooks.
Beatboxing since he was 11 and rapping since he was 14, Testament has gone on to create for theatre and spoken word .Testament’s credits include performances on BBC, ITV, MTV, BBC Radio 1 and BBC 1txra. He also holds the Guinness World Record for leading the world’s largest Human Beatbox ensemble. He is a frequent collaborator with beatbox pioneer Shlomo, and is a member of Shlomo & The Lip Factory with performances at Southbank Centre London, Bristol Old Vic and a number of festivals including Glastonbury.
In 2009 he released debut album No Freedom Without Sacrifice under his producer alter-ego Homecut to widespread critical acclaim and successfully toured the UK.
Currently Testament is an Open Exchange Supported Artist with Manchester Royal Exchange and a writer with Revolution Mix. He is working with producers LittleMighty on the development of his new theatre project, The Privilege Show
BLAKE REMIXED: William Blake vs Hip-Hop
A special spoken word show from acclaimed rapper and Guinness World Record holding beatboxer Testament.
The show is a lyrical, humorous and inspiring look at Blake’s work and its echoes in today’s world.
If William Blake were living in the 21st century would he be a rapper? Where are the visionaries today? What can today’s Hip-Hop culture learn from Blake? Testament explores the link between Britain’s most famous dissident urban visionary and his love of Hip-Hop.
All performed through a mix of spoken word, rap and live human beatbox with a bit of literary history thrown in!
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