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IAGO - 7 - 9 May @ The Coopers Malthouse Trailer

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Published on May 5, 2015

Western Edge Youth Arts presents the premiere of IAGO by the Edge Ensemble, which sees the plot of Shakespeare’s Othello re-imagined inside the confines of a rat-infested boxing gym and spliced with young people’s stories reflecting the cultural diversity of Australian society.

Told through physical theatre and fast poetic dialogue, IAGO is woven with issues including misogyny, male violence, raunch culture and pornography – it’s an in-yer­-face contemporary theatre reworking by the Edge Ensemble.

Edge Ensemble – Legrand Andersen (Iago), Achai Deng (Bianca), Piper Huynh (Emilia), Natalie Lucic (Desdemona), Rex Pelman(Othello) and Oti Willoughby (Cassio and Brabant)

Director: Dave Kelman Written by: Edge Ensemble with Dave Kelman, Tariro Mavondo and Georgia Symons

Season: 7 – 9 May 2015
Time: Thu & Fri 7pm and Sat 3.30pm & 7pm
Duration: 1hr 20min, no interval
Venue: The Coopers Malthouse, Tower Theatre

Western Edge Youth Arts artistic director, Dave Kelman, explains that IAGO genuinely belongs to the Edge Ensemble: “Whilst still identifiably Shakespeare, it is the cast’s work and their interpretation of these complex themes – the characters they have created intersect with their own cultural backgrounds. The narrative is based on Shakespeare’s plot transposed into a contemporary Australian context.”

The Edge Ensemble comprises six young emerging artists and in IAGO the characters reflect their own diverse cultural backgrounds: Vietnamese, Sudanese, Maori, Samoan, Croatian and Ghanaian.

Through an intensive creative development and preview performances led by Tariro Mavondo and Dave Kelman, IAGO explores the problematic world of contemporary sexual politics and misogyny incorporating a number of different cultural perspectives.

Warning MA 15+ contains strong themes and sexual references

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