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Shakespeare and Blackface

Synopsis
Video recording of the the keynote address by Professor Ayanna Thompson on Shakespeare and the American minstrel tradition and productions in which actors wear dark make-up to play Othello to explore bacl mascilinity and how the play was written to be performed by white actors. It was delivered at the ‘Shakespeare and Social Justice: Scholarship and Performance in an Unequal World’ conference hosted by the Shakespeare Society of Southern Africa in Capetown.
Language
English
Country
South Africa
Medium
Video
Recording date
16 May 2019
Transmission details
29 Jul 2019
Duration
41:32

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Othello
Subjects
Shakespeare

Notes

Notes
The presentation has the alternate title, ‘Shakespeare and Unfreedom.'
History
Filmed at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa, on 16 May 2019.

Online Availability

Online URL
https://youtu.be/pOxqewmnblg
Online format
Streamed

Distributor

Name

YouTube

Web
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