‘Othello’ returns to the Playhouse

2012-02-09 00:00

THINK Theatre’s acclaimed production of Othello returns to the Playhouse Drama Theatre in Durban from Tuesday to March 12.

Presented in association with the Playhouse Company, the play — which is directed by theatre luminary Clare Mortimer, who is also an accomplished writer and experienced English teacher — is geared at high school pupils studying Shakespeare’s classic tragedy.

Award-winning actor Farai Gwaze reprises the title role, opposite Robyn McHarry as Desdemona. Playing the evil schemer, Iago, is Clinton Small, while Janna Ramos-Violante takes on the role of Emilia, Iago’s wife. This role will be played by Mortimer when the production moves to Johannesburg. Rounding out the cast are Darren King, Marc Kay, Bryan Hiles, Michael Gritten, Daisy Spencer, Adam Doré and Rowan Bartlett.

Playing to packed houses during its previous seasons, Think Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy has garnered ongoing critical acclaim. With its pivotal themes of racism, love, jealousy and betrayal, the play is perhaps more relevant to today’s audiences than ever before.

Having been lucky enough to see this show twice, I guarantee that pupils will find it riveting, and underline the fact that the Bard’s work remains both relevant and thought-provoking, centuries after it was written.

Schools performances of Othello are at 9 am and noon daily, Mondays to Fridays, with a public performance on February 29 at 7 pm. Tickets are R45 (R70 for adults attending the public performance), and bookings can be made through the show’s producer, Margie Coppen, at 083 251 9412.

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