REVIEW: Othello - The Continental, Preston

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Shakespeare’s tragedy is not the type of play you generally associate with Preston Tringe, the city’s annual festival of fringe theatre.

At least this Theatre By Numbers production sticks to the style of small-scale drama, with a cast of four covering a character list that generally stretches to 20, and a stripped-down design that demands players make costume changes on stage.

The addition of highly-effective live music, performed by Tom Woolsgrove, adds an extra dimension and singles out this production as one attempting to bat above its limited resources.

The stated intent of Theatre By Numbers is to bring added movement to their performances and this Othello starts with a bold attempt at physical theatre.

Ultimately though there is no substitute for clearly-enunciated text and narrative, which too often eluded some of the cast.

After its performances here the production also plays Manchester dates, which serves to showcase some homegrown talent, striving hard to raise the Bard . . .

David Upton