The epic tragedy of ‘Othello’ has long been a literary staple, igniting the imaginations of thousands of readers and viewers. The testosterone fuelled tale of unbridled male ego and masculine pride has been boldly reinvigorated by one of America’s greatest writers. The Nobel laureate Toni Morrison has collaborated with an acclaimed Opera director to breathe new life into one of Shakespeare’s most harrowing tales. As GSCE English and A level students will know, the strong male characters dominate the play. As Othello, Iago, and Cassio vie for power it is sweet Desdemona’s grace and virtue that deserves attention.
Toni Morrison’s take on the masterpiece hones in on the relationship between Desdemona and her African nurse, Barbary. Thus the focus is taken off the poisonous deception of Iago and put onto the intimate friendship of two completely different women. Divided by race, class and prospects their hearts are united in the empowering expression of repressed femininity.
The play is filled with the delicate melodies and haunting vocals of both African and Western music as the two cultures work in harmony. From the trailers that have been released, the play looks and sounds mesmerizing. The enchanting lighting and distinct instrumentation makes for a vibrant, magical interpretation of ‘Othello’.
Whilst the show is not until the 19th and 20th July, there are only two performances so places will be limited. Anyone that takes on the immense expectations of a Shakespeare tragedy deserves recognition and there is no doubt that this innovative, striking play will garner interest from hundreds of people. So if you’re familiar with the tale and would like to take an in-depth look at one of Shakespeare’s most harrowing tales, please book a place in your diary.
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