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8:00pm, Thu 27 February, 2014

Event Details

Featuring brilliant visual artists, charismatic hip hop MCs and a full live band, Sketch The Rhyme is a game show where freestyle rapping meets fast paced illustration and live animation, in a number of hilarious improvised games inspired by Pictionary, Celebrity Heads and Mr Squiggle.

Sketch the Rhyme is a hip hop - live art game show created and based in Sydney's inner city. The show inspired by Mr Squiggle and Pictionary, is made up of a series of playoffs and games between 3 artists, 3 rappers and a live band. The Artists speed-sketch pictures relevant to a theme or topic, MCs then freestyle their response in rhyme, whether its improvising a story or guessing the catch-phrase.

Sketch The Rhyme has recently returned from a successful Vic/South Australian Tour playing at The Famous Speigeltent in Melbourne Arts Centre and a 13 date season at Adelaide Fringe festival where they picked up a coveted weekly award in the theatre category. They funded their tour from a successful crowdfunding campain on pozible where they raised $12,000 from artworks, workshops and props from the show amongst other things.

Sketch The Rhyme was conceived by MC and Creative Director, Rapaport, and was developed through a 2 week collaborative workshop season between an assortment esteemed visual artists, freestyle MCs and improvising musicians during the 2008 Underbelly Festival, Carriageworks. The show has gone onto performing at festivals such as Edinburgh Fringe 2011, Woodford Folk Festival 2009 & 2010, Melbourne Fringe 2009 and the Sydney Comedy Festival Great Debate. 

The show is internationally unique in the direct interaction between the artistic mediums of poetry and rap, visual art and music. The show has already attracted attention in the UK with a group of respected Scottish artists and MCs named "The Too Much Fun Club" currently using the same performance format under agreement from Sketch The Rhyme in Sydney.

The thrill and danger of impro-theatre and the wit and charisma of freestyle battle raps is combined with fast paced illustrations to create a powerfully engaging and simply hilarious show.

The show thrives from the creativity, technicality and personality of the MCs and Artists. The MCs are Rapaport, P.Smurf from the group Daily Meds, and Jeswon from Thundamentals. The Artists Claire Nakazawa, Duckman, Sam Clouston, Edgarr and Mie Nakazawa come from a range of visual disciplines from street art and graffiti, to comics, cartoons and painting.

Sketch The Rhyme has recently filmed a TV pilot in 'quiz show format' with Production company Mayfan P/L (Brand New Day) with support from Metroscreen TV. The Pilot was shot on October 28 at The Standard in Sydney.


Special guest is arguably Australia's finest lyricist and all rounder MC, Mantra a gited and poetic storyteller, and powerfully expressive performer, this will be the 2nd time Mantra has performed with sketch, 1st time being way back in 2009 at Melbourne Fringe Festival

As an artist, Mantra has covered a huge amount of ground in the last eight years. One of Australia's most popular rappers, he is an Obese Records alumni with two albums under his belt, an outstanding amount of airplay and, above all, the kind of respect that earned him the label 'your favourite rapper's favourite rapper'. 

He has released 3 acclaimed albums and is a true master of freestyle rapping.

BRAVO - Spoken Word / Performance artist


Plus Support from Vanessa Caspersz




When General Admission Ticket sales have closed on the day of the show they may still be available at the door on the night. All patrons must be over the age of 18

Once purchased tickets are non-refundable & non-transferable
(applies to both Standing and Dinner sales)

Please ensure you bring photo ID as proof of age

A booking fee applies to all advance tickets. (All quoted prices include tax).

Dress is Smart/Casual at Manager's discretion. No thongs.

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