|Venue||Smock Alley Theatre|
|Duration||1hr 10mins (no interval)|
Cast Cornelia Dörr and Franck Edmond Yao
A programme of independent German theatre to mark the 50th anniversary of the Goethe-Institut in Ireland
Amongst the few roles for black actors in the western world, the character of Othello remains the most celebrated. Yet Shakespeare’s famous moor is not widely known in Africa.
Across this cultural divide, Ivory Coast-born performer Franck Edmond Yao and German actress Cornelia Dörr now collide.
Sharp, political and sensual, Othello c’est qui (Othello who’s that) plays with the ordinary and the trivial clichés surrounding Othello and Desdemona but gradually develops into a tough confrontation between two cultures marked by extreme emotions, prejudices, misunderstandings and contrasts.
A mischievous but hard-hitting exchange, this frank and very human production won first prize at the 2009 Theatre Festival IMPULSE, and has charmed and stimulated audiences across Europe ever since.
Performed in English and French.
PANEL DISCUSSIONS The Radical Mind: Oct 8, 1pm. Goethe Institut. More Berlin than Boston? Oct1, 1pm. Project Arts Centre. For more information, see Special Events.