For Women’s Month the female roles in Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ take centre stage at the Fringe at the Joburg Theatre from August 23 to 25.
Having completed two successful runs in Johannesburg this year, ‘Othello’ will again be re-visited for Women’s Month drawing special attention this time to the women of the story. The character of Bianca will be embodied by Liesel Retief for this run with Aimee Goldsmith and Nadia Woodward returning as Desdemona and Emilia respectively.
In this single play Shakespeare dealt with the three most prominent female literary archetypes; the virgin, the mother and the whore. The females are often the moral lights in the story but pay for their goodness. At other times they are abused purely in lieu of being of the weaker sex in a societal and physical sense. The war on women is evident and relevant to contemporary South Africa as issues such as domestic violence, prostitution and women as possessions are explored.
The full cast includes Muntu Ngubane, Craig Wainwright, Miles Petzer, Glen Biederman-Pam, Ryan Dittman and John Whitely.
Directed by Denel Honeyball, the play will run the Fringe Theatre at the Joburg Theatre at 8pm on Friday and Saturday and Sunday Matinee at 3:30pm.
* Tickets are R70 with a discount to R50 for students and pensioners. Book at www.joburgtheatre.com, or 0861 670 670.
The Joburg Theatre Complex is situated on Loveday Street, Braamfontein.