Literary Remix Scenario
Joe* and his group go to school in rural Otago, and have just finished a project on Shakespeare. They decide to enter the NZTA_Remix Competition in the Literary Remix category and start by reading the Remixing Shakespeare Guide.
They search for some Shakespeare-inspired rapping on YouTube, and watch the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company’s remix of Othello through the eyes of modern-day London youth. They think about using modern language while setting a story in Shakespearean times, but then Joe finds the Shakespeare Remix twitter feed, which inspires them to remix a modern story about safe travel using Elizabethan language.
The group think that the ‘Legend’ campaign would be fun to remix into a short Shakespearean play, so they visit the NZTA website, go to the advertising section, and find the Legend campaign materials. One of the team downloads the audio files, while another finds the ‘Ghost Chips’ script that they are going to base their play on and ‘translate’ into Shakespearean English.
They look through language guides such as the Elizabethan online dictionary, Faire Speak and get their English teacher to check the words and grammar of their play.To make their play more authentic the group find costumes from the local op shop, and some free audio files at CC Mixter to use as sound effects.
They book the school hall one lunchtime and perform their short play in front of Year 9-13 students, then lead a discussion on the topic of drink driving among teenagers. Finally, Joe’s team prints off a NZTA_Remix PDF entry form, gets their teacher and principal to sign-off their entry in the rural schools category, and they pop it in the post.
*Joe and his classmates are fictional characters!
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