Shakespearean racism revisited

Othello productions often drop lines to avoid the play's racism. But confronting racism can be the reason to stage it.
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Members of the Edge Ensemble. Image via Western Edge Youth Arts 

The racism in Othello often makes theatre companies wary of staging the tragedy of jealousy. But for Edge Ensemble in Melbourne’s West confronting racism was the motivation to stage a version of the play.

Iago, named for the villain of Othello, is a contemporary reworking of the classic set in a boxing ring, and featuring six young artists from diverse cultural backgrounds: Piper Huynh (Vietnam), Achai Deng (Sudan), Legrand Andersen (New Zealand), Rex Pelman (Samoa), Natalie Lucic (Croatia) and Oti Wiloughby (Afghanistan).

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Troy Nankervis
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Troy Nankervis is an ArtsHub journalist from Melbourne. Follow him on twitter @troynankervis
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