A masterclass in Shakespeare's Othello - hip hop style - will be the first class of the day on Monday morning (30 April) for pupils at Whalley Range High School next week.
Instead of listening to their own teacher trying to explain the important bits of Shakespeare's Othello, one class will get to the heart of the play, hip hop style - courtesy of American duo, The Q Brothers.
Based at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre - which is dedicated to creating classic productions that unlock Shakespeare's work for audiences from all walks of life - The Q Brothers are America's leading re-interpreters of Shakespeare through hip hop.
Whalley Range High School for Girls is the only school in the north west to get a visit from the duo, who will be holding a workshop at the school based on their adaptation of Othello for a class of gifted and talented English students.
The Q Brothers are in the UK for the world premiere of their new Shakespeare adaptation 'Othello - the remix', which will be performed at the Globe Theatre in London on 5th and 6th May.
The play is a fresh urban take on Shakespeare's famous tragedy - spun out, smashed up and lyrically rewritten over original beats.
It follows The Q Brothers' award-winning international tours of 'Bombitty of Errors' and 'Funk It Up About Nothing'.
Their London performances are part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad which includes the 'Globe to Globe' project, by the Globe Theatre. This will see each of Shakespeare's 37 plays performed in 37 different languages during the course of six weeks. American hip hop is the 'language' represented by The Q Brothers' new adaption of Othello.
Emma Lashley, Assistant Headteacher at Whalley Range High School, who has been responsible for The Q Brothers' visit to the school, said: "The students are already achieving highly in their subject, and are really looking forward to the workshop. Being able to have a masterclass with a company of innovative Shakespearean actors just before the world premiere of their new play, isn't something that happens every day, so the students are really looking forward to it and will be making the most of it to extend their learning."
The Q Brothers' school outreach programme during their visit to the UK is being sponsored by the American Embassy in London.