“There’s no better play to talk about both in society and with young people because it gives an opportunity to explore everything that we’re living through, and that’s a gift.”
Richard Twyman elaborates on his ideas and processes for directing English Touring Theatre’s thought-provoking production of Othello, with a particular focus on developing character relationships, communicating meaning and exploring key themes of religion, love and gender.
Twyman highlights how researching Jerry Brotton’s book, This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World, inspired him to delve deeper into Othello’s identity and ultimately ask the question: what if Othello was Muslim? He also emphasises the importance of using the play as a starting point to address issues in today’s society both inside and outside the classroom.
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