After an acclaimed 4-weeks-run at the Rose Playhouse, Bankside in February, Time Zone Theatre presents their contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Othello for a strictly limited run at Waterloo East Theatre.
Director Pamela Schermann transfers the action to the cityscape of modern London. In the cutthroatfinancial world, we dive into an abyss of power and intrigue, riddled with suspicion and jealousy. Beneaththe surface of this civilised and polite environment we encounter brutality and callousness.
“In times like these, competition is high. The cost of living in London raises massively year on year, and we are pushed to our limits”, says Schermann. “The question I want to ask with this production is: How much can and should we sacrifice to achieve our career goals? What if in the end there is nothing left worth fighting for?”
The stylish, fast-paced re-imagining of Shakespeare’s tragedy is set in the meeting room of the company’s office. Everyone is under constant surveillance, private and business lives entwine, workers are caught in a bubble without privacy or time off outside the Corporation. There’s always someone watching you, analysing your every move and waiting for an opportunity to stab you in your back.
★★★★★ “A marvellous re-imagining” (LondonTheatre1)
★★★★ “Concise, fast-paced and powerful” (The Gay UK)
★★★★ “Excellent”(Everything Theatre)
★★★★ “Creative and intelligent” (Ginger Hibiscus)
★★★★ “stunning visual moments…unique and arresting” (Grumpy Gay Critic)
★★★★ “James Barnes’ Othello is instantly likeable, open and conciliatory, carrying himself withan assured ease that rapidly disintegrates into agitation as he descends into all consuming jealousy.“
(The Good Review)
Creatives: Pamela Schermann (director), Gillian Steventon (designer), Petr Vocka (lighting designer), Philip Matejtschuk (sound designer), Leah Lawry-Johns (fight director).
Cast: James Barnes (Othello), Trevor Murphy (Iago), Charlie Blackwood (Desdemona), Ella Duncan (Emilia), Denholm Spurr (Cassio).
Time Zone Theatre is a London-based theatre company, which aims to encourage collaboration between British and International artists. Previous productions: The Last Day (based on Victor Hugo, Waterloo East Theatre, 2012), Salome (by Oscar Wilde, Edinburgh Fringe Festival & Etcetera Theatre, 2012), Werther’sSorrows (by Duncan Gates, Edinburgh Fringe Festival), The Taming of the Shrew (by William Shakespeare, Rose Playhouse , Bankside), Orpheus and Eurydice (Opera by C.W. Gluck, Rose Playhouse, Bankside), Woyzeck! (by Stevan Mijailovic after Georg Büchner, Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and the double-bill Shoot, I didn’t mean that by Catriona Kerridge / The Last Days of Mankind by Karl Kraus at Tristan Bates Theatre in 2014, which was awarded public funding by Arts Council England.
Venue: Waterloo East Theatre (Brad Street, London SE1 8TN)
Dates: 10th – 21st March 2015, Tues – Sat 7.30pm, Sun 4pm only
Tickets: £ 14 (£ 12 Concessions)
Producer: Time Zone Theatre