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Remix your Shakespeare | O, What Learning Is!

By June 30, 2015 No Comments

This week, Samsung and the Royal Shakespeare Company launched an app designed for eleven to eighteen year-old consumers. “RE:Shakespeare,” hosted by David Tennant, is an interactive media format that includes famous actors and musicians as well as historical elements that “remix” pieces of Shakespeare’s works into small, digestible nuggets. Users are encouraged to explore a performance of Much Ado About Nothing (with a 360-degree video of the RSC stage in Stratford-upon-Avon), view short lecture clips, and create Dubsmash music videos combining text with provided beats.

From Samsung:

Samsung partnered with The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) to create realistic and immersive content. With RE:Shakespeare, the RSC has successfully reproduced the classic play into mobile content that contains modern and entertaining elements.

In the past, we’ve covered many apps that provide access to Shakespeare’s works, each exploring degrees of interactive content and educational focus. Samsung’s latest offering seems to focus on the appeal of contemporary celebrities and the ease of short-format video. The app’s development is part of the Pride Rediscovery program which strives to revitalize national pride by “championing outstanding literary works from each region,” and Samsung plans to expand with similar digital programs for cultures the world over.

RE:Shakespeare is available through Google Play and Samsung Galaxy Apps.

Author Claire

Claire Kimball earned her Master of Letters degree in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College. She has served as a dramaturg for the American Shakespeare Center and Brave Spirits Theatre. Claire has presented her research to the Shakespeare Association of America, the Blackfriars Conference, the Southeastern Renaissance Conference, and the Comparative Drama Conference. Her essay on developing a rehearsal technique for early modern drama appeared in Renaissance Papers 2008.

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