Cassio, an honourable lieutenant ..... Seamus Newham
Emilia, wife to Iago ... Kate Minogue
Bianca, a courtesan ... Barbara McCaughey
Roderigo, a gulled gentleman ..... Peter Dix
Duke of Venice ..... Brendan Cauldwell
A Senator ... Ivan Hanley
Montano, Governor of Cyprus..... Daniel Reardon
Lodovico, a noble Venetian, kinsman to Brabantio .... Conor Farrington
Gratiano, a noble Venetian, kinsman to Brabantio ..... Aidan Grennell
The music was arranged and played by David Carmody. Sound Effects were created by Paul Bradley and Peter O’Connor
Sound Supervision was by Anton Timoney
Othello by William Shakespeare, The 1985 RTÉ Rep Production was directed and produced by Laurence Foster
RTÉ Radio 1
Drama on One
First broadcast on 24 September 1985.
In Othello, William Shakespeare creates powerful drama from a marriage between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona that begins with elopement and mutual devotion and ends with jealous rage and death. Shakespeare builds many differences into his hero and heroine, including race, age, and cultural background. Yet most readers and audiences believe the couple’s strong love would overcome these differences were it not for Iago, who sets out to destroy Othello.
Iago’s false insinuations about Desdemona’s infidelity draw Othello into his schemes, and Desdemona is subjected to Othello’s horrifying verbal and physical assaults.