IAGO - Western Edge Youth Arts

Iago is a timely and well-crafted response to a complex and pressing social issue that makes young people feel positive about themselves and helps them build respectful relationships. The work is well-researched through consultations with teachers and educators. It is highly responsible in its messaging as well as being engaging, funny and flexible enough to allow young people to respond in a variety of ways without feeling judged. The work successfully explores male issues without stigmatizing or alienating young men and presenting positive models of masculinity.

This performance is for young people in years 10 -12 and directly addresses the issue of male violence against women and promotes respectful relationships. The performance is based on a contemporary, modern language adaptation of Shakespeare’s 'Othello' and is set in a rat-infested boxing gym. The characters in this work are reinvented and embrace the backgrounds of the culturally diverse cast members. Told through physical theatre and fast poetic dialogue, Iago is woven with issues including misogyny, male violence, raunch culture and pornography – it’s an in-yer­face contemporary theatre reworking and was presented at The Coopers Malthouse in 2015 to critical acclaim (see support material).

"Whilst still identifiably Shakespeare, it is the cast’s work and their interpretation of these complex themes; the characters are translated into their own cultural backgrounds. While being loosely driven by Shakespeare’s narrative, the audience is transported into a contemporary Australian context.” Dr Dave Kelman, WEYA Artistic Director

Read interview with Interview with the artistic director of Iago by Western Edge Youth Arts: Dave Kelman

Content Warning: Iago contains some challenging themes and limited swearing that some might find offensive. Schools are advised to contact Education & Families to discuss any concerns they may have regarding this production.

On The Road

TOUR DATES

April 18: Sirius College Meadow Fair

April 19: Ararat Performing Arts Centre

April 20: Yarram Secondary College

April 21: Elisabeth Murdoch College

April 22: Braemar College

IDEAL FOR

Years 10 -12 (VCE)

DURATION

60 mins + Q & A

FEE: Base rate of $1040 +GST for up to 130 students with additional students @ $8 each LESS Eligible Subsidy

AusVELS Links: The Arts, English, Health and Physical Education,                                      

Artforms: Drama   

General Capabilities: Critical and Creative thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Intercultural Understanding, Ethical Understanding                                                                                                

Key Themes:  Respectful relationships, male violence, identity and gender issues

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Photo by Nicola Dracoulis

Iago is a timely and well-crafted response to a complex and pressing social issue that makes young people feel positive about themselves and helps them build respectful relationships.

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Metro: 18th Apr 2016 to 22nd Apr 2016
Regional: 18th Apr 2016 to 22nd Apr 2016

Western Edge Youth Arts
Duration: 50 mins + Q & A
Artform: Drama
Minimum fee: Base rate of $1040 +GST for up to 130 students with additional students @ $8 each LESS Eligible Subsidy
Suitability: Year 10, Year 11, Year 12
Term: Term 2
Maximum Student Attendance: 130