A report from the Bahamas Weekly . . .see link to original articlewith additional photos below.
Theatre goers in The Bahamas are in for a real treat in March of this year! A new and unusual version of Shakespeare’s Othello is coming to the Dundas Theatre in Nassau.
Local based producer Kim Aranha told us how excited she is to see Shakespeare in Paradise present a Yellowtale Theatre Co, and Nuffield Theatre of the UK Production of Othello (or the Tragedy of Conchy Joe). “It is a simply amazing piece and I think we are so lucky to have it coming to our island home”.
Veteran Bahamian theatre (and film) actor, Craig Pinder plays the lead role of Othello, and the entire story takes place on a Bahamian fishing boat. “They have very cleverly removed all the subplots,” Kim Aranha says. “They” are Craig Pinder, and the producer and director of the play, Bahamian-born Robin Belfield.
“It really makes you proud to see what these two Bahamians have created. With some chipping and changing they have developed a fast-paced, easy to follow production, that will fascinate audiences of all ages and interests. It is actually amazing what an incredibly good job they have done, said Aranha. “The dialogue and action flow without a beat and you certainly do not miss the sub plots”.
One hour and a quarter with every minute counting, this remarkable performance by Craig Pinder of London stage fame in “Les Miserables” with Belinda Owusu of the popular British TV sitcom “Eastenders” and fairly new to the stage, fresh out of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (the same school Craig Pinder excelled in some 25 years ago) Moses Hardwick, keeps you spellbound and frequently holding your breath.
Othello deals with some very close to home problems such as domestic abuse and rage. Both of these are very prevalent issues in the Bahamas and need to be constantly addressed.
The idea of bringing this play over to Nassau after its successful tour around England was not a novel idea as it had actually been originally created for the Shakespeare in Paradise theatre Festival and sadly because of lack of funds, it could not be produced as a part of last year’s festival. However, Kim Aranha, at the urging of Craig Pinder and Yellowtale Theatre Co, decided to try and find the adequate sponsorship to enable the cast to come to Nassau so that fellow Bahamians can enjoy this theatre treat of the year…
“This is really going to be something special”, Kim Aranha promised, “the professionalism of the performances are of the very top quality. From the moment I saw it performed in England, I thought to myself that it HAD to come home for everybody to see.”
Othello opens at the Dundas on March 2nd, 2012. A gala performance will be held on the Friday, March 9th and the last night will be on March 10th.
“We are planning to hold some workshop for the school kids and will also have at least one matinee to accommodate the school children, and if the demand is there we can have more than one afternoon performance”, said Aranha.
“This is a very exciting time for people who enjoy and appreciate the arts and we hope to see everybody come out and support our very talented Bahamian artists.”
For the original report go to http://www.thebahamasweekly.com/publish/arts-and-culture/Othello_comes_to_The_Bahamas19886.shtml