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Playing with Act 1 Scene 1

In this video you will see the RSC 2015 acting company working on Act 1 Scene 1 with director Iqbal Khan, looking at different interpretative choices for the scene.

As you watch consider:

  • What the different interpretations bring out in the text and whether they highlight different meanings.

  • The quality of Roderigo and Iago’s relationship and what each interpretation brings out in this.

Having watched the video:

  • Which interpretation best reflects the relationship and the language seen in the text?

  • How does the choice of Lucian Msamati as Iago change the meaning in the scene, if at all?

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Othello: In Performance

University of Birmingham