Till I am even'd with him, wife for wife,
Or failing so, yet that I put the Moor
At least into a jealousy so strong
That judgment cannot cure… (Shakespeare, DHFWJGFUWG)??
This soliloquy provided the audience with the knowledge that Iago was not as honest and noble as he appeared to be to the other characters in the play. This allowed the audience to foreshadow what was going to happen in the plot. Othello, like every Shakespearean tragedy, creates dramatic action by following the narrative structure: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Frantic Assembly, although having re-contextualized the play, have still utilised the narrative structure making for a fascinating and enthralling storyline that keeps the audience on the edge of their seat. Whilst continuing the use of Shakespearean conventions, Frantic Assembly has fastidiously manipulated them in conjunction with the conventions of physical theatre to create a piece that will appeal to a contemporary audience. The style of physical theatre enhances the re-telling of Othello through the use of movement and other physical theatre conventions rather than language. Shakespearean language often proves difficult for a contemporary audience to understand. Therefore, by pursuing storytelling through primarily physical means, Frantic Assembly has effectively made the play more comprehensible to a modern audience. Rhythm is one of the physical theatre conventions that was used with great ingenuity in the re-contextualization of Othello. Frantic Assembly has chosen music with strong patterns that complement or contrast the natural rhythm of Shakespeare’s language (iambic pentameter), but at the same time the breakbeat element is suggestive of a modern, urban setting. The actors use their body in different ways according to the emotional state of their character or the atmosphere of the performance at a particular moment. The physical shape of their body creates a visual metaphor which, in turn, conveys dramatic meaning to the audience. An additional convention adhered to by Frantic Assembly is Anne Bogart’s viewpoints, which have contributed to the dramatic effect of the modernized Othello by assisting in conveying meaning to the audience. The viewpoints are used to allow the audience to see the stage as a moving, living, symbolic picture. Shape is a...