“We really highlighted the difference between that toxic masculine world…contrasting with the femininity of Desdemona, Emilia and Bianca.”
The acting company who brought Shakespeare’s classic tragedy to life in an acclaimed production from English Touring Theatre give insight into their personal interpretations of Othello, considering the embedded themes of gender, race and religion which now resonate with audiences in new ways.
Each actor brings their own 21st-century perspective to bear on the play. Paul McEwan, who took on the role of the play’s antagonist Iago, describes Othello as a commentary on toxic masculinity, explaining that no male character in the play has a healthy relationship with women.
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