“My noble lord –
What dost thou say, Iago?
Did Michael Cassio,
When you woo’d my lady, know of your love?
He did, from first to last. Why dost thou ask?
But for a satisfaction of my thought;
No further harm.
Why of thy thought, Iago?
I did not think he had been acquainted with her…”
Workshop 1 – 12th April
First read through and discussions.
Topics explored included:
Emilia and Iago’s marriage
Desdemona’s death – how do we stage it?
Othello – calm soldier vs. passionate lover
Iago – How would you play him? Relationship to his audience?
Honest Iago – why does he do it and why does he go so far?
To cut or not to cut
Bend a gender
Is there a way to set it non-military?
Act 2:1 Roderigo and Iago
Setting and context
Desdemona and Emilia
Workshop 2 – 26th April
Masterclass :“I got Rhythm” OR “The Art of Persuasion”
How does the structure of Shakespeare’s verse direct us? A look at how Shakespeare’s writing has changed in style since writing his first great persuader – Richard III. What do shared lines, incomplete lines and the choice of verse or prose do to help the characters persuade each other and the actors persuade their audience? Exploring the timing of cues, overlaps and pauses written in the text that keep the musical ball in the air and the interaction grounded.
“I had been happy, if the general camp,
Pioners and all, had tasted her sweet body,
So I had nothing known. O, now, for ever
Farewell the tranquil mind! farewell content!
Farewell the plumed troop, and the big wars,
That make ambition virtue! O, farewell!
…Farewell! Othello’s occupation’s gone!”
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