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Residents at Romford YMCA get creative at Hip Hop Shakespeare workshop

PUBLISHED: 14:28 19 June 2012

Artist Akala holding a hip hop/ shakespeare workshop to get the residents interested in Shakespeare's works

Artist Akala holding a hip hop/ shakespeare workshop to get the residents interested in Shakespeare's works

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Teenagers got their creative juices flowing at a Hip Hop Shakespeare workshop.

The residents at the YMCA in Rush Green Road, Romford were able to view the Bard in a whole new light at the workshop on Thursday June 14.

Gemma Latham, the housing officer at the YMCA said: “The workshop was so much fun.

“It was basically a history and a English lesson but they were all really interested in it because it was hip hop.”

The workshop, was run by Mobo award winning artist Akala from the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company, it saw the residents looking at Shakespeare’s sonnets and some hip hop lyrics.

The three hour workshop ended with the residents writing their own sonnets and hip hop lyrics.

Gemma said: “The workshop was a little bit different, but everyone enjoyed it.

“It was part of our life skills programme and it got them being creative.”

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