Shakespeare’s Othello is given a shake-up by SISATA

On the 1st of July, SISATA, a theatre company from Dorset will be presenting an outdoor production of Othello. The revamped Shakespeare masterpiece will be showcased in Wimborne at the Priest’s House Museum and Garden.

Othello is a story about love, ambition and jealousy in the lives of Othello and Desdemona, his wife. Othello offers a unique perspective on some of the things that make us human and four actors will be playing multiple roles in this remake of the classic play. This particular remake is set in the 80s in the backdrop of the growing hip hop culture based on incidents in artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s life and work.

The SISATA theatre company took its first steps at the Prince Albert Gardens Amphitheatre in Swanage and it’s hoping to bring performances of stories from the past in a way that is more interactive and engaging for modern audiences while also keeping its focus on the themes highlighted by the original classics. This particular play brings with it laughter and songs, just as you’d expect from a SISATA production, as the story unfolds with sincerity and passion.

Charmaine K Parkin is the brains behind the production and she is responsible for the adaptation and is also the director. The play is presented together with Poole’s Lighthouse. To get your tickets you can go to ticketsource.co.uk/sisata or you can buy on the phone by calling 0333 666 3366. Booking fees will apply in the last case.

The play is suitable for children aged 12 or older. There is a limited number of places available and children must be in the company of an adult.

SISATA is a production company that aims to present Shakespeare’s works in a way that is much more relatable and accessible. The company started out in 2012 with a short run at the Price Alber Gardens but since then, they have grown and they tour many places in the South for their annual shows. The productions are adapted to the locations in which they are shown. The company adapts classic plays to only four actors and is also known for making the audience a part of the story.

In 2016, the company produced Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles which was well received by audiences all over and praised for being true to the original story and also for the music and acting.

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