Esplanade Presents


McBeat & the Lil' Shake Crew: Reimagining Shakespeare through Rap (Digital)

An Esplanade Commission
Patch and Punnet x Cherilyn Woo (Singapore)

3 Oct 2022 – 6 Jan 2023

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1hr 30mins

(Intermission: None)


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Make language acquisition and literary analysis approachable and fun for students through rap. A powerful storytelling medium, students will uncover Shakespeare’s thematic diversity, literary devices and relatability through rap beats and song lyrics.


This interactive workshop-in-performance focuses on two main elements—original rap performances and interactive activities. Through this programme, students will get to reimagine the classic story of Macbeth in a contemporary setting.


Facilitator-performers will explore the plot, characters and themes of the story, while featuring key literary devices and drawing links to contemporary social contexts, highlighting the adaptability and accessibility of Shakespeare. Set in a collaborative creative environment, students will be given the opportunity to engage in discussions related to the text, and suggest settings or character choices for some of the rap songs.


Learning Objectives


  • Gain an inspired interest in classical works of literature
  • Foster collaboration and teamwork in creative meaning-making
  • Identify and apply key literary devices used in Shakespeare’s text
Recommended Age: Recommended for Secondary students.
Admission Age:
7 and above
Language: English
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Date and Time

On Demand

3 Oct 2022 – 6 Jan 2023

From 3 Oct, 9am

Tickets and Prices

Basic Package: $2500/package

Single ticket: $15. To purchase individual ticket, email

(This programme is suited for cohort viewing. Each package enables up to five classes of students to watch the programme concurrently.)


(All Mainstream Primary and Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges and Centralised Institute)

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To make a booking, please contact Esplanade Box Office at 68288389 or email

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Tote Board Arts Grant

All Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges / Centralised Institute & ITEs may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 50% of the programme cost.

All SPED Schools may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 70% of the programme cost.

For more details, please contact Esplanade Box Office at 6828 8389 or email


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