Reimagining a Shakespearean text

27 Oct

I recently read a review of Toni Morrison and Peter Sellars’ play Desdemona.  Desdemona is a creative extension of Shakespeare’s Othello.  Like much of Morrison’s work, the text explores race, gender and motherhood.  It gives voice to Desdemona, allowing her to explore her emotions, fears, and beliefs, and to enlighten audiences as to Othello’s past.

The entire text is hinged upon one line towards the end of Othello.  I would love to give a strong Year 10 class the opportunity to use a line that intrigues them from Othello (or whatever Shakespearean play we happen to be studying) as stimulus for a narrative or scene which offers insight into one of the characters.


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