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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsIAGO: Now, Sir, be judge yourself whether I in any just term am affined to love this Moor.

Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsRODERIGO: I would not follow him then.

Skip to 0 minutes and 15 secondsIAGO: O, Sir, content you. I follow him to serve my turn upon him. We cannot all be masters, nor all masters cannot be truly followed. For, Sir, it is that sure as you are Roderigo. Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago. In following him, I follow but myself. Heaven is my judge, not I for love nor duty, but seeming so, for my peculiar end. For when my outward action doth demonstrate the native act and figure of my heart in complement extern, tis not long after but I will wear my heart upon my sleeve for daws to peck at. Yack, yack, yack.

Skip to 0 minutes and 59 secondsRODERIGO: [LAUGHS]

Skip to 1 minute and 0 secondsIAGO: [LAUGHS] I am not what I am.

Skip to 1 minute and 6 secondsRODERIGO: What a full fortune does the thicklips owe if he can carry it thus. [LAUGHS]

Skip to 1 minute and 26 seconds[LAUGHS]

Skip to 1 minute and 28 secondsIAGO: [LAUGHS]

Skip to 1 minute and 29 secondsRODERIGO: [LAUGHS]

Skip to 1 minute and 30 secondsIAGO: [LAUGHS] Call up her father. Rouse him Make after him. Proclaim him in the streets. Poison his delight. Incense her kinsmen. And, though he in a fertile climate dwell, plague him with flies. And though that his joy be joy, yet throw such chances of vexation on't. As it may lose some colour.

Skip to 2 minutes and 8 secondsRODERIGO: Here is her father's house. I'll call aloud.

Skip to 2 minutes and 12 secondsIAGO: Do.

Skip to 2 minutes and 12 secondsRODERIGO: [LAUGHS] What, ho, Brabantio!

Skip to 2 minutes and 19 secondsSignior Brabantio ho!

Skip to 2 minutes and 24 secondsIAGO: Signior Brabantio ho! Awake! What, ho, Brabantio! Thieves!

Skip to 2 minutes and 29 secondsRODERIGO: Thieves!

Skip to 2 minutes and 30 secondsIAGO: Thieves!

Skip to 2 minutes and 30 secondsRODERIGO: Thieves!

Skip to 2 minutes and 31 secondsIAGO: Look to your house, your daughter, your bags!

Performing Act 1 Scene 1

In this video you will see the RSC 2015 acting company performing part of Act 1 Scene 1 on stage.

As you watch consider:

  • How Iago and Roderigo have been portrayed in the company’s final choices.

  • What choices have been made and what impact those have on your perception of these characters.

Having watched the video:

  • Does this interpretation differ from the way you have seen the scene played before, or how you imagined it would be?

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This video is from the free online course:

Othello: In Performance

University of Birmingham

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