An exploration of Othello and Macbeth for senior secondary students.
Macbeth meets Othello meets Twilight. Four Actors examine the key themes in two of Shakespeare's classic tragedies. They move in and out of scenes played by Shakespeare's characters investigating the text in detail. This script focusses on the machinations of ambitious political aspirants as well as the role sexual politics plays in determining behaviour. It also explores the richness and accessibility of Shakespeare's language and how he chose particular words and phrases to raise the stakes in a scene as well as reflecting character motivation. The Actors investigate the historical and social implications implications in the casting of Othello.
This script was originally developed as part of a series, for Bell Shakespeare’s Actors At Work programme, performed between the years 2005 – 2011. Ned Manning would like to acknowledge the following people for their involvement and contribution to the development of these scripts: John Bell, Matt Edgerton (Director and dramaturg), Marion Potts (Director), John Sheedy (Director), Christopher Hurrell (Director), Naomi Edwards (Director), Damien Ryan (Director), Wayne Blair (Director), Sean O’Shea (Director) and the many actors who performed the plays around Australia.
- Contemporary interpretations of Shakespeare
- 50 minutes
- Larger cast option for a classroom context: four students could play the designated actors with additional students playing the Shakespearean characters.
- 16 to 18, 18+
- teen, young adult
- Australian Script Centre