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Let’s Explore Othello’s soliloquy in A5S2

When I wrote a “Let’s Explore” about Othello (Othello, the Moorish General), I used Act Five Scene Two, which starts with his murder of Desdemona, as one of the scenes that I thought worth exploring, but I carefully avoided looking in detail at the soliloquy with which the scene starts. I bottled out.  The soliloquy is extraordinary, and I felt it beyond my capacity to say anything enlightening about it. …Read More

Let’s Play: Othello A4S2 ‘I took you for that cunning Whore of Venice’

Let’s play part of  A4S2 of Othello where Othello’s distrust of Desdemona becomes apparent to her. The scene requires two players. To begin with, Othello has called for Desdemona, thinking she is guilty of cuckolding him. You play the scene from her entry. Player 1 – Desdemona Player 2 – Othello . Both scripts are in Highlight Text format.  When both players have selected their role, they should scroll down in the script to …Read More

Let’s Play: Othello A3S4 The lost handkerchief

Let’s play part of  A3S4 of Othello where Othello asks Desdemona for the handkerchief he has given her. In the previous scene, Iago has made Othello suspicious about Desdemona’s behaviour with Cassio. He has also said that he saw Cassio with the handkerchief that Othello had given Desdemona.  In this scene, Othello checks whether Desdemona has that handkerchief. The scene requires three players. To begin with, Desdemona and Emelia wonder where …Read More

Let’s Play: Othello A3S3 ‘beware my Lord, of jealousy!’

Let’s play part of  A3S3 of Othello where Iago carefully arises Othello’s jealousy. The scene requires three players. To begin with, Iago has to be very careful to make sure that he doesn’t go too far in telling Othello of his ‘suspicions’, until he is sure that Othello is susceptible to believing his story. This part of the scene starts when Iago and Othello enter, and see Cassio, who has been dismissed …Read More

Othello – Upgrade to Version 5.05

We’ve upgraded Othello  to our latest format which lets you explore the play in many ways. We’ve taken the Oxford University Press First Folio Edition of the plays, and enhanced it to let you explore Shakespeare’s plays in ways  which are are more fun and much easier to use than in a paper format. The focus is on ‘playing’ the play, rather than studying it. With this new release of Othello,  you can: Use “Let’s …Read More

Play-reading report: Othello, Edinburgh, 27th March, ’17

We ran a play-reading of Othello yesterday (Sunday 26th March ’17) and did something new. We cast the play by lot as usual, which resulted in 3 ‘cross-castings’: Othello, Desdemona, and Emilia.  After we’d read the play, we made a video reading of the first half of A3S3, so that you can get a feel of what our play-readings are like. You’ll find the recording below. After that, you’ll find more …Read More

Let’s Explore: Desdemona, innocent wife

Before we explore the character of Desdemona, let us remind you how you can explore a Shakespearean character in any of our published plays.  If you haven’t tried out our  techniques of using ‘Parts and Cues’ and ‘Highlit Text’ to explore a Shakespeare character, then you’ll find it helpful to read the detailed explanation we give for the character Hamlet (click on Let’s Explore Hamlet). . Desdemona, the inncocent wife: You can …Read More

Let’s Explore: Othello, the Moorish general

Before we explore the character of Othello, let us remind you how you can explore a Shakespearean character in any of our published plays.  If you haven’t tried out our  techniques of using ‘Parts and Cues’ and ‘Highlit Text’ to explore a Shakespeare character, then you’ll find it helpful to read the detailed explanation we give for the character Hamlet (click on Let’s Explore Hamlet). . Othello, the Moorish general: You can …Read More

Let’s Explore: Iago, Othello’s nemesis

Before we explore the character of Iago, in Othello, let us remind you how you can explore a Shakespearean character in any of our published plays. If you haven’t tried out our  techniques of using ‘Parts and Cues’ and ‘Highlit Text’ to explore a Shakespeare character, then you’ll find it helpful to read the detailed explanation we give for the character Hamlet (click on Let’s Explore Hamlet). . Iago, Othello’s nemesis: You can explore …Read More

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