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The tragic loading of this bed

In this video Anjna focuses on the murder of Desdemona and its aftermath, introducing Act 5 Scene 2 and some questions to consider as you watch the scene in performance …

Introduction

Welcome to Week 4 of the course where we will be exploring the form of tragedy and the tragic trajectory of the characters in Shakespeare’s Othello. As part of this …

Tragic expectations

In this video Anjna introduces the conventions of the tragic form in relation to Othello, thinking about what we expect from a tragic play. As you watch consider: What the …

The Willow Song scene

In this video Abigail introduces Act 4 Scene 3, also known as the Willow song scene, recapping on some of the things we have learnt about this scene in the …

Playing with Act 4 Scene 3

In this video you will see the RSC 2015 acting company working on Act 4 Scene 3 with director Iqbal Khan, discussing different interpretative choices for the scene. As you …

Performing Act 4 Scene 3

In this video you will see the RSC 2015 acting company performing part of Act 4 Scene 3 on stage. As you watch consider: The staging choices and setting being …

A critical look

In this video Abigail looks at the responses from different critics to the female roles in the play, over time. As you watch consider: How critical perceptions of Desdemona, Emilia …

Gender expectations

In this video Abigail focuses on the expectations of Renaissance women, exploring the language and behaviour of Desdemona, Emilia and Bianca in the text. As you watch consider: What the …

Past portrayals

In this video Abigail talks about past productions and their portrayal of the female characters. As you watch consider: The extent to which characters only really come to fruition in …

Introduction

Welcome to Week 3 of the course where we will be exploring the role of women in Shakespeare’s Othello both in the text itself, throughout its performance history and in …

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 …

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 …

Looking back to look forward

In this video Nick explores the significance of race as a theme in Othello. As you watch consider: Changing attitudes to Shakespeare’s plays across time. The significance of Ira Aldridge’s …

Shakespeare’s world

In this video Nick looks at the social contexts surrounding Shakespeare’s play. As you watch consider: The significance of social, cultural and historical influences upon Shakespeare’s writing. Shakespeare’s awareness of …

The opening Scene

In this video Nick discusses Act 1 Scene 1, introducing some things to look out for as you watch the opening scene in performance and in a rehearsal environment, playing …