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Blake Remixed (2015)

  • Venue: Courtyard Theatre
  • Duration: 55
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World Record-holding beatboxer and acclaimed rapper Testament smashes together UK Hip Hop with the iconic poetry of William Blake in his first original theatre show. Celebrating the greatest counter cultural voices in British history, Blake Remixed fuses music and storytelling with a live DJ and interactive video. Made in collaboration with Scratch DJ World Champion DJ Woody, this is a coming of age story with a difference.

Featuring filmed appearances from Hip Hop pioneers; Soweto Kinch, Ty, Jehst and Shlomo

Blake Remixed was developed by West Yorkshire Playhouse Furnace Festival and Transform 2014 and will be performed as part of Furnace Festival 2015.

‘Briming with skills’
Soweto Kinch, Mercury Nominee and MOBO winner

Photography by Richard Davenport

Click here for the full list of Furnace: Festival events

Click here to view the Blake Remixed Storify

Cast & Credits

Writer Testament / Co-Creator DJ Woody / Director Tom Wright / Designer Lily Arnold / Lighting Designer Tim Skelly / Projection Designer Dave Lynch / Production Manager Paul Aziz / Stage Manager Leann Young / Recorded Musicians Andy Davison (Guitar) & Hannah Atkins (Violin) / Blake Consultant John McIntyre /

West Yorkshire Playhouse and LittleMighty

  • Testament
  • DJ Woody
  • Soweto Kinch
    as Filmed appearance
  • Ty
    as Filmed appearance
  • Jehst
    as Filmed appearance
  • Shlomo
    as Filmed appearance


“ Visionary”

- The Reviews Hub

“ no one is better set to bring Blake's words to a modern audience”

- Broadway Baby

“ He is not just a Hip-Hop artist: he is a performer whose skills could challenge a top West End actor.”

- The State of the Arts
Blake Remixed is an exciting new theatre show from World Record holding beatboxer and acclaimed rapper Testament. The play brings the ideas of poet, printer and visionary William Blake into the present day fusing together music, performance, DJing and interactive video projections. We have added a special matinee performance for schools on Friday 9 October at 11.30am followed by a structured discussion with Testament and director Tom Wright. The event will finish at 1.15pm. Tickets are £10 and £8 concession, with one ticket free for every 10 purchased. Book tickets online or by calling box office 0113 213 7700. Blake Remixed links with the new English specification from 2015:
  • Focus on 19th century poetry
  • Focus on pupils appreciating the depth and power of the English literary heritage, and discussing and explaining the ideas that it brings up.
We are also offering an exciting package of tailored workshops and resources to complement the show, ideally suited for pupils with low engagement. This includes: - Four planned sessions with multimedia resources to deliver in school - Testament, the show’s creator and also an experienced youth worker, visit your school and work with groups of pupils on their own Blake-themed slam-poetry performances. To discuss the workshop package please contact Blake Remixed education officer Kieran Hadley via

Book Tickets

Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £1.95 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Parent & Baby Performance - Parent & Baby Performance
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Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
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Caddick Developments
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Irwin Mitchell Solicitors