Othello On Trial

We are supporting three performances of:
OTHELLO ON TRIAL: The Tragedy of Desdemona (the Wife)
at La Mama Courthouse Theatre, May 15, 16 and 17, 8 p.m.

Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy kills girl. It’s a story at least as old as Shakespeare’s Othello and with one woman killed each week in Australia by her male partner or ex, it couldn’t be more disturbingly topical.

A confronting new play tackles possessive jealousy and its fatal consequences head by putting Othello on trial for killing his ‘unfaithful’ wife. Murder or manslaughter? Should ‘being wrought’ as Othello puts it ─ or ‘seeing red’ as modern wife-killers put it ─ have mitigating force today? The audience delivers the verdict.

On the 400th anniversary of his death, a compelling night of theatre showcases the uncanny timeliness of Shakespeare’s ‘domestic’ drama, The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice.

Violence against women is one of the great shames of Australia. It is a national disgrace . . . We must elevate this issue to our national consciousness.
Malcom Turnbull, 24 September 2015

Othello on Trial is a participatory theatre in education project that takes a novel approach to engaging young people in the ‘cultural shift’ the prime minister says is needed to elevate violence against women to our national consciousness. It utilises Shakespeare’s famous play about a jealous wife-killer to dramatise the problem of intimate partner femicide in Australia today where one woman is killed by a male partner or former partner every week on average. That statistic rose to nearly 2 women a week by the end of 2015, bringing this issue to crisis point and making this project all the more urgent.

Venue: La Mama Courthouse 349 Drummond Street, Carlton
To book: visit http://lamama.com.au/2016-autumn-program/othello
Telephone: (03) 9347 6142 - 12pm – 4pm (including day of performance)
Cost: $25 full price, $15 concession

Written and directed by Adrian Howe
Original Music by Mark Morand

This project has been developed with assistance from Fitzroy Legal Service and is funded by the Victoria Law Foundation and the University of Melbourne Centre for Public Engagement and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

The performances are part of the 37th Annual Law Week Festival which runs from 16-22 May, 2016, with a theme of ‘Explore the Law’.