The old warehouse is a labyrinth of disorienting winding staircases, exposed brick plastered with arty posters and murals, and seemingly endless vast spaces, all of which were seemingly built for innovative modern theatre. It’s truly a diamond in the rough for creative theatre companies to experiment with unorthodox staging in an intimate setting. The calibre of the shows performed there is very high, and Othello is no exception.
A high-energy, intense recreation of the Shakespearian tragedy, the actors really bring this play to life. Jack Johns is wickedly entertaining and roguish as the manipulative catalyst Iago who stirs the pot and watches with glee as the characters are slowly destroyed by jealousy, rage, love and betrayal in his plot to ruin Othello. Zackary Momoh excels as leading man, bringing a sharp comedic edge and physicality to the role. The onstage chemistry between the male characters is particularly captivating; during fight scenes Callum McGowan, playing lieutenant Cassio throws himself around the stage with fearless resolve. Max Roderigo breaks up the tension with hilariously contrasting scene-stealing moments as the love-sick naïve Roderigo.
Othello is at the Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST until February 22. Monday-Saturday: 7:30pm. Matinees for schools and colleges: Tuesdays at 2pm. Admission: £12 / concession: £10. Phone: 0844 8700 887. http://www.othellopeckham.com/