Breathing life into Shakespeare's OthelloCopy Dog Editorial Enterprises CC
Think Theatre presents Shakespeare's Othello at the Johannesburg University Theatre from 1 - 12 February 2010.
Supported by PC Training College & Business College and the University of Johannesburg, the production is geared mainly for secondary school learners studying Shakespeare's stage tragedy as a set work. The production is directed by the multi-award-winning Durban actor Clare Mortimer, herself a writer of note and an experienced English teacher.
Othello features Farai Gwaze and Loyiso MacDonald alternating in the title role, opposite Karen Logan as Desdemona, with Iain ‘Ewok' Robinson and Clinton Small alternating as Iago, and Mortimer taking the role of his wife, Emilia. Gwaze won the 2009 Durban Theatre Award for Best New Comer for his Othello, and Robinson garnered a Best Supporting Actor award for his Iago last year. Also featured in this year's exceptionally strong cast are Michael Gritten, Darren King, Marc Kay, Sean de Klerk, Libby Allen, Janna Ramos-Violante, Bryan Hiles and Rowan Bartlett.
With its varied themes of racism, love, jealousy and betrayal, Shakespeare's classic tragedy remains as relevant to present-day audiences as it ever was. This production played to packed houses last year, and garnered critical acclaim during its seasons at The Playhouse and at Hilton College Theatre last February and March.
The reviews speak for themselves: "Shakespeare still resonates! Coppen, Mortimer and this strong, hard working cast deserve praise for their huge effort - breathing life into what may seem, on the page, a task rather than a delight." - Sally Scott, The Daily News
"It was deeply gratifying to sit through a morning schools performance of Mortimer's two-hour version of Shakespeare's Othello and experience a packed audience of high school pupils displaying a genuine enthusiasm for the work, whooping with delight as performers took final bows." - Billy Suter, The Mercury
"If your child's school hasn't booked seats to see Think Theatre's production of Othello, then start lobbying them to do so now... a truly human story.. this particular production is well directed, well paced and features some of the best actors in KwaZulu-Natal. Don't miss it." - Estelle Sinkins, The Witness
Performances of Othello during its short Johannesburg season from 1 - 12 February are at 9am and 12pm daily. An evening public performance will be given on 2 February at 7pm. Tickets cost R43. Bookings are through Margie Coppen on 083 251 9412.
Issued by William Charlton-Perkins
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