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Shakespeare's

Othello

Adapted by Jimi Bani and Jason Klarwein

Classic First Nations Jimi Bani

Shakespeare's most intimate tragedy lands in the Torres Strait.

Othello, William Shakespeare’s classic tale of jealousy, betrayal and revenge is thrillingly re-imagined by Jimi Bani and Jason Klarwein for its premiere 2021 season.

This tri-lingual (Kala Lagaw Ya, Yumpla Tok and English) production is set between Cairns and the Torres Strait, illuminating the vital role of the Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion during World War II. More than 800 Torres Strait Islanders signed up to protect the northern tip of Australia, including Jimi Bani’s great grandfather, the late Ephraim Bani Snr and his grandfather, the late Solomon Gela.

Infusing the narrative of Othello with the historical setting of the battalion brings together two powerful artistic cultures — Shakespeare and Wagadagam — creating an utterly distinctive and electrifying theatre experience.

A Queensland Theatre production presented by Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) 2021

Tickets on sale now via Ticketlink.

  • Duration
    2 hrs, inc 20 min interval
  • Times
    Evenings: Mon, Tue & Fri 7.00pm, Wed 8.00pm, Sat 6:00pm
    Matinees: Sat 1.00pm
  • Warning

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this webpage contains images of deceased persons.

  • Duration
    2 hrs, inc 20 min interval
  • Times
    Evenings: Mon, Tue & Fri 7.00pm, Wed 8.00pm, Sat 6:00pm
    Matinees: Sat 1.00pm
  • Warning

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this webpage contains images of deceased persons.

Artist Conversation

Jimi Bani and Jason Klarwein will be in conversation with Wesley Enoch at the Cairns Convention Centre on Friday 20 August, 12noon – 1pm as part of CIAF 2021.

Creatives

Playwright William Shakespeare
Director Jason Klarwein
Set Designer Richard Roberts
Costume Designers Simona Cosentini, Simone Tesorieri
Lighting Designer Ben Hughes
Sound Designer Brady Watkins

Cast

Othello Jimi Bani
Montano Richard Bani
Iago Andrew Buchanan
Desdemona Emily Burton
Brabantio Eugene Gilfedder
Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Hides
Cassio Benjin Maza
Rodorigo Matt McInally
Emilia Sarah Ogden
Bianca Tia-Shonté Southwood
Soldiers/Dancers Conwell Bani, Gabriel Bani

Our Partners

Image credit: Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion, 119169, courtesy Australian War Memorial.

16 – 21 AUG Bulmba-ja, Cairns
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