Funk It Up About Nothin'
From: Friday, 8th April 2011
To: Saturday, 7 May 2011
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A fresh urban take on a story as old skool as love itself, and complete with a live DJ, B-boys and girls, MCs and divas, Funk it Up About Nothin' is a rom-com street party with banging bass and much, much more. This is an outrageous ‘hip-hoptation' based on the Bard's classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Whether you're looking for a great night of Hip-Hop or a new way to think about Shakespeare, Funk It Up About Nothin' delivers a raucous, high-energy production like no other.
Andrew Girvan - 19 April 2011
Chicago-based Q Brothers are no strangers to bringing hip-hop Shakespeare to London - their retelling of The Comedy of Errors, as The Bomb-itty of Errors visited the Ambassador's in 2003 following a stint at the Edinburgh Fringe. The duo's second outing to the capital, backed by Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Funk It Up About Nothin' appears part of a bigger plan: JQ and GQ hope to translate every one of Shakespeare's works to their trademark rap form.
Kicking off the evening the resistance from the mixed audience in the stalls was palpable, particularly from the young adults I was sitting in front of, but the mixture of incredibly clever rap lyrics and mature comedy soon won them over. The Bard's bawdiness is often lost on modern audiences, but this cast revel in it and those with me in the stalls soon did too.
There is little subtlety to the plot and verse (iambic pentameter has gone the way of the period costume in thi...
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