Happy birthday Shakespeare

‘… a British Jay-Z for the 16th century…’

One of our 2011 competition winners, the lovely Megan Beech from Somerset, performed this storming piece at the winners’ showcase on 1st April 2012. We liked it so much we asked her to make a film of it for us in honour of Shakespeare’s birthday and for us to share with teachers and students alike. So if you’ve ever wondered why we still care about Shakespeare 448 years after he was born, listen to Megan as she asks- was Shakespeare the first gangster rapper?

Thanks to Meg for sharing her talents, her writing and her video with us. And thanks to the man himself for giving us poetic and dramatic inspiration for the last 448 years- let’s raise a glass to the next four and a half centuries…