The Imperial Japanese Navy bears south toward Far North Queensland and the bold Captain Othello and his battalion are all that stand in their way. Off the battlefields, Othello's life is just as turbulent; a secret marriage, a spurned suitor and a sinister plot could be the making of his undoing.

This trilingual (Kala Lagaw Ya, Yumpla Tok and English) production, thrillingly re-imagined by Jimi Bani and Jason Klarwein, illuminates the vital role of the Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion during World War II. More than 800 Torres Strait Islanders signed up to protect the northern tip of Australia, including Jimi Bani's great grandfather, the late Ephraim Bani Snr and his grandfather, the late Solomon Gela.

Infusing the narrative of Othello with the history of the battalion brings together two powerful artistic cultures — Shakespeare and Wagadagam — creating an utterly distinctive theatre experience.

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Warning: This play contains replica guns, simulated violence and adult themes, including depictions of domestic violence.

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Support Dogs
Bille Brown Theatre welcomes patrons accompanied by guide, hearing or assistance dogs and their staff are trained to meet the needs of support dogs and their handlers. Please notify the Bille Brown Theatre Box Office staff at the time of your booking if you will be accompanied by a support dog.

A small number of car parks are available for Patrons with Individual Needs (please advise the Bille Brown Theatre Box Office on booking if you require assistance).

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Other accessible and inclusive event

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