The Othello Project
Join us for an exciting weekend of poetry, art, music and more to mark the arrival of English Touring Theatre and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s Othello at Wilton’s Music Hall.
The Othello Project has been funded by Amal-A Said Foundation Project, to promote some of the most exciting Muslim artists and writers working in the UK today, whilst also encouraging audiences to engage deeply with this unique interpretation of Shakespeare.
Programme of Events
Curated by English Touring Theatre and Abdul-Rehman Malik
SATURDAY 20 MAY
12.00 OTHELLO DOCUMENTARY
Film screening from filmmaker and producer Nadir Nahdi (founder of creative platform BENI).
13.00 - 13.45 PRE-SHOW TALK
A lively discussion about the process and context of this production of Othello with Richard Twyman (Director, Othello),
Abdul Rehman-Malik (Journalist) and Kinsi Abdulleh (Artist,Activist and founder of NUMBI).
13.30 - 14.15 FOOD AND OUD
Specialty food event accompanied by a live Oud performancefrom multi-instrumentalist and composer Kareem Samara.
14.30 OTHELLO MATINEE PERFORMANCE
18.00 - 18.30 10 MINUTE PLAYS
Short response plays by Somali-British Playwright, Firdos Ali (How I Feel, Bunker Without Borders), Playwright and Essayist Avaes
Mohammad (Hurling Rubble at the Sun/Hurling Rubble at the Moon) and Iraqi Playwright Hassan AbdulRazzak (Baghdad Wedding,Dhow Under the Sun).
18.30 - 19.15 MUNEERA PILGRIM
Spoken word performance from one half of British Muslim female hip-hop duo, Poetic Pilgrimage.
19.30 OTHELLO EVENING PERFORMANCE
All Day THE EAST END OF ISLAM
Photography exhibition from documentary photographer Rehan Jamil (Common Ground: Portraits of Tower Hamlets & Common
Ground: Aspects of Contemporary British Muslim Experience).
FURTHER FREE EVENTS FROM THE OTHELLO PROJECT
SAT 27 May
17.45 PRE-SHOW TALK
Discussion with Jerry Brotton, professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University.
SAT 3 June
17.45 PRE-SHOW TALK
Titled "Blood, Belonging & The Moor", this pre-show discussion with LSE-based ethnographer and PhD candidate Nabila Munawar and activist, Independent columnist and communications guru Muddassar Ahmed explores what it means to belong. The panel will be chaired by journalist Abdul-Rehman Malik.
In the lead up to the Festival and during the duration of the show’s run at Wilton’s Music Hall, English Touring Theatre will also be releasing a number of podcasts that discuss different topics from the play. These are now available for streaming on ETT's Soundcloud & to download on iTunes for iOS users, and Stitcher for Android.
Click here to download the Education Pack for Othello.
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