Othello, easily Shakespeare’s most relentless and tightly compressed drama, a dark, brooding thriller. A rare chance for students across NSW to see this masterpiece live.
This innovative production combines Sport for Jove’s trademark textual clarity and storytelling with a powerful cast and design – a remote military base in an occupied country where a trusted soldier will work away at the certainty of his commander like an irresistible tide. Othello is saturated with references to water. Oceanic mystery is the poet’s chief imaginative device and source of metaphor in this study of marriage, love, sex, persuasion and the illusion of loyalty. No Shakespeare play is more moving or offers a more modern sensibility or X-ray of contemporary political tensions.
A General from ‘outside’ Venice, enlisted as a child soldier at the age of 7, now leads a Christian naval force in what appears to be a fully assimilated and enlightened racial environment – until his sexuality crosses a boundary that stirs latent hatreds and xenophobic fears of the ‘other’. Venice, a city resting precariously on its own watery grave, and Cyprus, a frontier surrounded by enemies and a hostile ocean, are the battlefields upon which family, love, community, trust, ambition and jealousy are put under the severest trial.
The Seymour Centre is a registered COVID-Safe business and we're committed to making your Seymour visit as safe and enjoyable as possible.
In line with eased restrictions, this show will be open to 100% seated capacity. Please consider your comfort levels before booking as you will be seated next to other booking groups.
School groups are exempt from QR code registration requirements if they provide the name and phone number of two designated contacts. These contacts must be able to provide the names and contact details of all group members if contacted by NSW Health.
Schools are responsible for ensuring that any staff and students who are unwell, awaiting a COVID test result, or under instruction to self-isolate do not attend.
Masks are strongly recommended for teachers and for students over 12.
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