FRANTIC ASSEMBLY RETURN TO CURVE WITH SHAKESPEARE’S OTHELLO

Frantic Assembly return to Curve from 28 October – 1 November with an electrifying take on Othello, Shakespeare’s thriller-tragedy of paranoia, jealousy, lust and murder.

Othello

Frantic Assembly’s Othello is set in Yorkshire during the race riots of 2001, a time which saw terrible divisions and some unexpected alliances. Fusing a taut adaptation of the classic text with its trademark hard-hitting choreography, Frantic Assembly takes a scalpel to 21st century Britain, exposing prejudice, danger and fear.

Othello’s passionate affair with Desdemona leaves him open to jealousy and attack – with devastating consequences. Violence is a way of life and reputation is everything…

Mark Ebulue, recently of the RSC and a former kickboxer, will play the title role, with the role of Iago being played by Steven Miller, known for his four-year stint as Lenny Lyons in Casualty (BBC TV), with Kirsty Oswald (The Judas Kiss, The Winter’s Tale) as Desdemona.

Also joining the cast will be Leila Crerar and Richard James-Neale, who will reprise their roles form the original 2008 production as Emilia and Roderigo respectively.

The role of Cassio will be played by Ryan Fletcher, who has previously performed with Frantic Assembly in Beautiful Burnout (2010), while Montano will be played by Dritan
Kastrati, a graduate of Frantic Assembly’s Ignition programme – an innovative vocational training project for young men aged 16 – 20 years.

The production will be directed by Scott Graham, Artistic Director of Frantic Assembly. Design by Laura Hopkins, lighting design by Natasha Chivers, sound design by Gareth Fry, soundtrack by Hybrid and additional choreography by Scott Graham and Eddie Kay.

Frantic Assembly’s Othello will be a co-production with Theatre Royal Plymouth. The production was originally a Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth collaboration, in association with Royal & Derngate Northampton, and developed at the Lyric Hammersmith. It was originally adapted, directed and choreographed by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett.

Winner of the TMA Award for Best Direction, this unforgettable production from Frantic Assembly comes to Curve following the success of The Believers earlier this year.

Synopsis

In following him I follow but myself 
I am not what I am

This is a mating ground. There’s tension around the pool table, cues in hand. A world of broken glass and beatings in the car park. It’s dog eat dog. And it’s about to kick off…

Othello’s passionate affair with Desdemona leaves him open to jealousy and attack – with devastating consequences. Here, violence is a way of life and reputation is everything.

Frantic Assembly return to Curve with this electrifying take on Shakespeare’s thriller-tragedy of paranoia, jealousy, sex and murder. Fusing a taut adaptation of the classic text with its trademark hard-hitting choreography, Frantic Assembly takes a scalpel to 21st century Britain, exposing prejudice, danger and fear.

Winner of the TMA Award for Best Direction, this unforgettable production from Frantic Assembly comes to Curve following the success of The Believers earlier this year.

 

For ticket visit www.curveonline.co.uk