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William Shakespeare's


“O beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the
green-eyed monster which doth mock the
meat it feeds on...”

Othello, easily Shakespeare’s most relentless and tightly compressed drama, a dark, brooding thriller. A rare chance for students across NSW to see this masterpiece live.

This innovative production combines Sport for Jove’s trademark textual clarity and storytelling with a powerful cast and design – a remote military base in an occupied country where a trusted soldier will work away at the certainty of his commander like an irresistible tide.

Othello is saturated with references to water. Oceanic mystery is the poet’s chief imaginative device and source of metaphor in this study of marriage, love, sex, persuasion and the illusion of loyalty.

No Shakespeare play is more moving or offers a more modern sensibility or X-ray of contemporary political tensions. A General from ‘outside’ Venice, enlisted as a child soldier at the age of 7, now leads a Christian naval force in what appears to be a fully assimilated and enlightened racial environment – until his sexuality crosses a boundary that stirs latent hatreds and xenophobic fears of the ‘other’. Venice, a city resting precariously on its own watery grave, and Cyprus, a frontier surrounded by enemies and a hostile ocean, are the battlefields upon which family, love, community, trust, ambition and jealousy are put under the severest trial.

Included in

all bookings

Detailed Student

Resource Kit

Photography by Seiya Taguchi

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Syllabus Links

English – Stage 5 & 6, Year 11 students: also suitable for Stages 4 & 5 Drama students; Language, Literature, Literacy; The Arts, Theatre and Cultural Studies

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2 Hours, no interval

+ Q&A post show


"My students and I just love the spirit that drives you to make words have real and personal meaning. You infuse the theatre with that energy - it’s priceless and addictive! Thank you for putting such time and effort into this show. It was brilliant. The kids were just rapt.”


Dates and Booking

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Seymour Centre

Thurs, June 9

Fri, June 10

Sat, June 11

Tues, June 14

Wed, June 15

Thurs, June 16

Fri, June 17





10am, 1:30pm


10am, 7pm

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Riverside Theatres

Tues, June 21

Wed, June 22

Thurs, June 23

Fri, June 24




11:30am, 7pm


Director & Set Design | Damien Ryan

Production Manager | Jamie Exworth

Lighting Design | Martin Kinnane

Lighting Realiser | Angela Tran

Costume Design | Jonathan Hindmarsh

Costume Coordinator | Lily moody

Stage Manager | Emma Paterson

Assistant Stage Manager | Liam Peat

Sound Design | Alex Lee Rekers

Fight Choreographer |Scott Witt


Mandela Mathia | Othello 

Damon Manns | Iago 

Eloise Winestock | Desdemona 

George Banders | Roderigo 

Owen Little | Cassio 

Ava Madon | Bianca/Soldier 

Giles Gartell-Mills | Brabantino/Montano 

Emily Taylor | Emelia/Duchess 

Oliver Ryan | Soldier 

Max Ryan | Soldier/Senator 

Damien Ryan | Soldier/Senator 

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