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Past Event

10 Sep—1 Oct

Brisbane Festival and Queensland Theatre present

Shakespeare's Othello

Shakespeare's Othello

Shakespeare's classic tale of jealousy, betrayal and revenge lands in the Torres Strait.

The Imperial Japanese Navy bears south toward Far North Queensland and the bold Captain Othello and his battalion are all that stand in their way. Off the battlefields, Othello's life is just as turbulent; a secret marriage, a spurned suitor and a sinister plot could be the making of his undoing.

This trilingual (Kala Lagaw Ya, Yumpla Tok and English) production, thrillingly re-imagined by Jimi Bani and Jason Klarwein, illuminates the vital role of the Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion during World War II. More than 800 Torres Strait Islanders signed up to protect the northern tip of Australia, including Jimi Bani's great grandfather, the late Ephraim Bani Snr and his grandfather, the late Solomon Gela.

Infusing the narrative of Othello with the history of the battalion brings together two powerful artistic cultures — Shakespeare and Wagadagam — creating an utterly distinctive theatre experience.

Adapted by Jimi Bani and Jason Klarwein
Directed by Jason Klarwein

Queensland Theatre (AUS)


Price

$39 - $94 + Booking fee

Times

Matinees: Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm

Evenings: Mon-Tue 6:30pm, Wed-Sat 7:30pm

Auslan Interpreted: Mon 19 Sept, 6:30pm
Audio Described: Sat 1 Oct, 2pm

Play Briefing: Mon 5 Sept, 6pm
Night with the Artists: Mon 19 Sept, 6.30pm

Duration

2 hrs 45 minutes, including 20 min interval

Where

Bille Brown Theatre,
Queensland Theatre ›

78 Montague Rd,
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Getting Here

Accessibility

Auslan interpreted events

Audio description

Wheelchair access

Assistive listening systems available

Important Info

Suitable for ages 16+.

Warning: This play contains replica guns, simulated violence and adult themes, including depictions of domestic violence.

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Full of passion and power, Othello was masterfully performed and exemplified what Shakespeare can on a modern stage.

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How to get there

Bille Brown Theatre,
Queensland Theatre ›

78 Montague Rd,
South Brisbane QLD 4101

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