The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0404 Friday, 4 March 2005
From: John Webb <
Date: Tuesday, 1 Mar 2005 12:09:36 -0000
Subject: There's Magic in the Web (Globe Project)
The article reproduced below is from The Times, 1st March 2005.
The headline is "Patrick Spottiswoode, director, Globe Education, on
taking Othello into faith-based schools".
A child's first encounter with Shakespeare should be "experiential". For
Shakespeare's Globe this means being an active player rather than a
passive audience member. As Shakespeare dramatised social, political and
emotional issues for his community, so we encourage children to consider
the same issues through "play".
"There's Magic in the Web" is Globe Education's first outreach project
to 63 primary and secondary schools in eight cities across the UK. It is
based on Othello and our exploration of Shakespeare and Islam last year.
Five actors focus on the journey of a sumptuous Islamic handkerchief,
Othello's first love token to his wife, and trace Othello's growing
distrust of Desdemona's fidelity. In the play he kills her. In "There's
Magic in the Web", the students are asked by Desdemona to prove her
The performance encourages children to differentiate between opinion and
truth, judgement and justice. If they are successful, they should
prevent the tragedy from unfolding.
After the performance, the students will create their own designs for
Othello's handkerchief, "spotted with strawberries", using resource
materials on Islamic design created by the Prince's School of
They will also design a handkerchief promoting peace. Two designs from
each city will be selected and embroidered professionally. These will
join more than 300 handkerchiefs from around the world and be sewn
together to create a Tent for Peace which will be on display at the
Globe in Islam Awareness Week in November.
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