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.

For those interested in the Blake Remixed  Spoken Word show ‘William Blake vs Hip-Hopclick here


9-10 March @ Northern Stage, Newcastle
24 March @ Canada Water Culture Space, London

Co-Creator: DJ Woody
Director: Tom Wright
Designer: Lily Arnold
Projection Designer: Dave Lynch
Original Lighting Design: Tim Skelly
Original Music: Homecut
Blake Consultants:
John McIntyre
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.

Workshops include:

- 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.

To discuss workshops please contact


Blake Remixed is an original concept that brings together an appreciation for William Blake and British Hip-Hop. Blake Remixed has three strands; an innovative theatre show, exciting education workshops and a forthcoming album.

The Blake Remixed project is the brainchild of Hip-Hop artist Testament aka Andy Brooks. 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. Beatboxing since he was 11 and rapping since he was 14, Testament went on to win the BBC Urban Music Talent Award in 2007. Since then he has gone onto work with a diverse range of artists from Grammy winner Corinne Bailey Rae; award winning poet Kate Tempest; MOBO winner Soweto Kinch, to the progenitor of Hip-Hop himself, New York legend DJ KoolHerc.  Most recently he was commissionedby BBC 4 to perform for National Poetry day and to be a mentor on BBC 1xtra’s ‘Words First’ Project with The Roundhouse London.

For those interested in the Blake Remixed  Spoken Word show ‘William Blake vs Hip-Hop’ click here



Blake Remixed album coming soon...

Featuring some VERY SPECIAL guests.

For Testament’s previous releases under his ’ Homecut’ alias click here





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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