Shakespeare's Othelo in Arabic

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My highlight

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“My highlight of the weekend was performing the Castle garden scene from Othello with Mohammed in front of an audience of 1,500 on the Globe’s stage – In Arabic!”

I found that acting and humour easily transfers over boundaries. My highlight of the weekend was performing the Castle garden scene from Othello with Mohammed in front of an audience of 1,500 on the Globe’s stage – In Arabic! With very few of the audience able to speak our language, my ability to translate the scene through my acting were truly tested!

Standing on the stage, I felt very intimately connected with the audience and the Arabic humour we brought to the scene was definitely appreciated by those watching our performance. Throughout Iago’s devious discussion with Othello about Desdemona, we used our environment to great effect to bring Othello’s passion to life. At one point, a pillar even became Desdemona!

The weekend left me feeling even more excited by my craft and inspired with a huge range of new ideas. Exchanging these ideas with students from another culture has also really highlighted to me the benefit of Qatar UK 2013 and the cultural exchange it is promoting.

Thanks!

I would like to thank everyone involved in the Sam Wanamaker Festival for giving me such a unique experience. And I am looking forward to the chance to welcome some UK drama students to Qatar in the future!

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