Can Othello be decolonised?

Lara Foot’s reworking of this Shakespearean classic is rooted in an African context and mindset, writes Mary Corrigall

21 April 2024 - 00:00 By Mary Corrigall

Taking artistic liberties with Shakespeare’s plays has become somewhat of a theatrical sport. It’s a necessary and riveting pursuit that sustains interest in overly familiar plays like Othello, which many have dissected at school. How do you make a play relevant to audiences who know the plot and bloody ending in advance? This has naturally made Othello vulnerable to creative revisions, particularly in the hands of African-based theatre makers, who take the opportunity to lay bare the latent racial themes...

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