So we've been working hard over the last month to bring to the stage our production of Othello. It's been challenging and fab, scary and enlightening with a fantastic cast behind it we've explored the story and characters together. So I thought I'd give you an idea on what you can expect from our production and why it's worth bobbing along to one of the performances.
Story and Characters
I adore Othello, I have done for a long time and it has always been a piece of work I've wanted to attempt. Love and jealousy are often bedfellows and insecurities can be exploited in the most confident of characters. These ideas are often explored in stories but here within Shakespeare's script I feel we find the purist and most dramatic telling of this story. But I am aware of the challenges of approaching such a well known production. Directors, performers and audience can't help come with a particular idea of what to expect, how certain characters shall be portrayed. However we wanted to try a fresh approach, re reading the script applying a new writing attitude to the text to explore and find what Shakey was telling us about the character and not just give an amalgamation of previous productions and performances. As a company we have found more by using our investigations to bring Othello to a modern audience without compromising the integrity of the timeless relevance of the story.
Music and Movement
Along with our investigations of the script and characters, I wanted to collaborate with other disciplines to aid the storytelling. At this point I decided to contact a fantastic musician and composer Tom Woolsgrove. Tom's talent in applying the appropriate emotional tone to the moment is magical and completes the production. The energy his score gives us furthers understanding and evokes from the observer an involuntary response which makes it impossible for an audience to become completely passive to the action. Along with physical story telling to highlight context and plot development we follow the journey fully from bliss to despair without question.
As a Company
The key in rehearsals has been honesty and trust (two things which are completely exploited in the play) we have explored together, questioned one another and become close and secure within one another's presence. Using contact improvisation and focus techniques we have become a close knit group with a clear energy and performance chemistry which we see as a vital ingredient in creating this production.
So there is a little bit from me as to how things have been going, we are really looking forward to opening next week and hope that you can make it down. We shall see you there very soon.
Dates are 25th and 26th Septemeber, New Continental, Preston & 2nd and 4th October Gullivers, Manchester