Venice turned into 1960s Washington and Cyprus into Vietnam in DugOut’s first Shakespeare. Othello, driven to jealousy and madness by his ancient, Iago, stared down the barrel of an M16 and eavesdropped on the suspected adulterer Cassio using a Walkie-Talkie. As Iago boasted to the audience of his success, Mungo Jerry played from a record player. The Turkish fleet bearing up to Cyprus became comparable to the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the terrible fate of Othello and Desdemona was brutally played out in a sweaty barracks.

After taking Leeds by storm, this ‘bold retelling’ of the tragedy of the Moor of Venice moved to the Zoo Roxy in Edinburgh and received further acclaim. M16s, an authentic soundtrack and a gritty, military set earned this production a place in many festival-goers’ hearts.


“A bold retelling…does not disappoint” ★★★★ The Guardian

“Arresting…compelling…a noteworthy performance…the audience is pained to watch Desdemona’s destruction”  ★★★★ WhatsOnStage

“A stunning retelling by a frighteningly strong cast”  ★★★★ ThreeWeeks

“Exemplifies the idea of a powerful, intelligent female…outstanding acting” EdFringe Review

Othello – Ekow Quartey
Iago – Tom Black
Desdemona – Cressida Bonas
Cassio – Oli Forsyth
Roderigo – Sam Ripman
Emilia – Louisa Beadel
Bianca – Helen Kennedy or Nina Shenkman
Duke – Will Brown
Brabantio – Jimmy Walters

Director – George Chilcott
Assistant Director – Jack Howard
Producers – Anna Chettle, Emily Barran, Charlotte Reeve
Lighting – Freya Stanley-Price