Ein Besuch in Shakespeare's 'Globe'

Am Sonntag, 11. Juni 2017, machten sich 16 Schülerinnen und Schüler der Q1 Leistungskurse Englisch von Frau Berens und Frau Stehr auf den Weg nach Neuss zum Shakespeare-Festival. In einem Nachbau des Londoner Originals versammeln sich Jahr für Jahr Shakespeare Enthusiasten der ganzen Welt um die Werke des Meisters zu erleben. Für uns stand "Othello" auf dem Programm, performt von der aus Bristol stammenden Gruppe "Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory".

"She loved me for the dangers I had passed, And I loved her that she did pity them." 

This is only one of many famous quotations from the breath-taking play "The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice" popularly known as "Othello" by William Shakespeare.

In "Othello", Shakespeare creates a powerful and tragic story of two passionate lovers, Othello and Desdemona, whose relationship is at stake because of a devious intrigue by Iago, Othello´s hideous ensign, which lasts and develops throughout the whole play and is the cause of the tragic ending.   Touching many different topics not only love but also race, jealousy, revenge and betrayal it is deservedly regarded as one of his most successful pieces of work.

As it is well known that Shakespeare´s plays aren´t meant to be just read but to be experienced, we, as the English A-level classes, who are currently reading this play, decided to watch it live on stage and the "Shakespeare Festival" in Neuss, which takes place from the 9th of June to the 8th of July, was the perfect opportunity for it.

The reconstruction of the original globe theatre already made one feel almost taken back into Shakespeare’s times but experiencing the performance in Shakespearean language only reinforced this perception and created a unique and authentic atmosphere. Although it made it of course more difficult to fully understand, gaps of understanding were easily filled by facial expressions or body gestures of the professional actors. The closeness and intimacy to the great performers allowed us to genuinely feel the heat of love between Othello and Desdemona as well as to see into Iago´s mind and to follow his process of revenge and ambush.

The play successfully enabled to experience the power of prejudice and jealousy and how obsessive it can be, slowly destroying a pure relationship of harmony and love. Although the story is set many many years ago, various topics, including racism or jealousy, are still relevant and present today and because of thatit was a great opportunity to experience the play being brought back to life.