William Shakespeare gets a digital make-over for the ‘Instagram Generation’

Comic book artist Amrit Birdi put a twist on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Pic: Amrit Birdi Five UK artists, illustrators, graphic designers and photographers have put their twists on some of the playwright’s famous works.

Shakespeare has been given a digital makeover, in an effort to inspire the Instagram generation to connect with arguably the world’s greatest playwright.

She told saidthat studying the work, which was written centuries ago, is important.

Fantasy photographer Rosie Hardy put her twist on Titania from A Midsummer Night's Dream. Pic: Rosie Hardy
Image:Fantasy photographer Rosie Hardy put her twist on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Pic: Rosie Hardy

She said: “The most brilliant thing about Shakespeare’s work is that like any great work of art, it speaks about us and our relationships and the world we live in so it always feels very contemporary”.

Ms O’Hanlon added that students find the plays “incredibly relevant to their own lives” – when they put them in the role of actors and directors where they are “exploring the interpretive choices of the text”.

Jack Teagle created a design inspired by Shakespeare's Macbeth. Pic: Jack Teagle
Image:Jack Teagle created a design inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Pic: Jack Teagle

She said the project makes the meaning of the texts even more visible to students and mirrors what they do at the RSC.

“What we’re doing with Adobe is what we do here at the theatre company, which is every time a play goes into a rehearsal room – we’re reimagining it.

This picture is based on Romeo and Juliet meeting in a 'funky cafe'. Pic: Octavia Bromell
Image:This picture is based on Romeo and Juliet meeting in a ‘funky cafe’. Pic: Octavia Bromell

“It was written 400 years ago but we’re always asking what does it mean to us now? It’s all part of wider efforts to encourage creative education and arts access for young people.”

O’Hanlon said that “the creative industries” – of which the arts and cultural sectors is a part – “is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK and yet we aren’t valuing that as a career path for young people”.

She continued: “What young people tell us is, whilst they understand the real value of studying arts subjects, the message they are getting, from sometimes families, the university sector, the outside world – is that those subjects don’t matter and they feel very confused about that”.

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November 2019