All female version of Othello at The Space from 5 Oct 2010


Painted Stage presents an all female version of William Shakespeare's Othello, at The Space, in Isle of Dogs, east London, from 5 to 16 Oct 2010.

Directed by Stewart Melton, designed by Amy Penrose, lighting by Nicole Porter.

cast includes Vanessa Sampson (Bianca/Othello), Christina Carty (Desdemona/Cassio), Bethan Clark (Emilia/Iago).

All-female production puts three women – Desdemona, Iago's wife Emilia and the courtesan Bianca – at the centre of the drama. Using song, mask and physicality to retell the original play from their points of view, they ask us: what is it to be possessed by jealousy, by hatred, by love?

Two empires at war: Christian Venice versus the Islamic Ottoman Turks. Caught between them, taboo-breaking lovers Desdemona and Othello, African general and saviour of Venice. But Iago is determined to drag them into a hell of jealousy and confusion.

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