Q Brothers – Funk It Up Nothin

Rap and Shakespeare may seem like an unusual mix but after talking with the fun and feisty Q brothers, two performers from Chicago, this is clearly a blend that works.

GQ and JQ wrote, directed and star in Funk It Up About Nothin’, a modern-day hip-hop take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. In 2008 the show launched at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and then travelled around the globe receiving rave reviews and even winning the Best Musical Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

“The hardest part about adapting Shakespeare was ditching his words,” say the Q brothers, who went through 38 drafts of the play. The first draft had 80 per cent of the original language and now the final script is about 10 per cent. Funk It Up Nothin’ is now travelling around Australia and has been to Wagga Wagga, Wollongong, Illawarra and Albury and it is featuring in the CarriageWorks’ hip-hop festival in Sydney.

The Q Brothers are passionate about bringing art and culture to people, connecting with people and chatting with audiences afterwards. “The whole point of the show is to be accessible. Shakespeare was a dirty dog who was all about pushing boundaries and writing for the common people and that’s what we are doing.”

Published in Sydney City News online and in print on March 13, 2011

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