Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 22 June - 25 June 2021
Category Live Event

Sport for Jove presents
By William Shakespeare

“O beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on…”

Othello, easily Shakespeare’s most relentless and tightly compressed drama, a dark, brooding thriller. A rare chance for students across NSW to see this masterpiece live.

This innovative production combines Sport for Jove’s trademark textual clarity and storytelling with a powerful cast and design – a remote military base in an occupied country where a trusted soldier will work away at the certainty of his commander like an irresistible tide.

Othello is saturated with references to water. Oceanic mystery is the poet’s chief imaginative device and source of metaphor in this study of marriage, love, sex, persuasion and the illusion of loyalty.

No Shakespeare play is more moving or offers a more modern sensibility or X-ray of contemporary political tensions.

Please Note: This production contains smoke haze, strobe lighting, simulated violence, prop weapons and loud noise. Please be aware that William Shakespeare’s Othello features themes of domestic violence, suicide, violence, sexual references and issues of hate speech and racial vilification that may be triggering. For assistance or guidance if facing such issues in your life, contact All Together Now, Lifeline on 13 11 14, or 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).

For further information please contact our Education Booking Coordinator on 8839 3308 or email education_riverside@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au 

Pricing for Student/Teacher is $28, with 1 free teacher per 10 students.

Please Note:

Tickets to this event are sold to 100% of capacity. All Riverside patrons will be seated in line with current NSW Public Health guidelines, allowing patrons to be seated alongside each other. NSW Health strongly recommends you wear a mask when you are inside places where it is difficult to keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.

Please note that NSW Health regularly updates areas where there may be concerns regarding potential case transmission of COVID-19.  Prior to attending your performance, we suggest patrons check the latest Case Alert Updates from Health NSW and follow the instructions regarding Close Contacts and requirements for self-isolation and/or COVID testing as stipulated by Health NSW and the current NSW Public Health Orders. Please note that patrons who have visited any identified alert area must NOT attend public performances or gatherings of any type. If you have any questions and would like to discuss this with a member of our team, please contact our Box Office staff on 02 8839 3399 or email BoxOffice_Riverside@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

Riverside Theatres is registered with the NSW Government as a COVID Safe venue. Our COVID Safe plan was developed in line with federal and state government health guidelines, and following consultation with Live Performance Australia, other NSW venues, and various government bodies, on enhanced health, hygiene and safety measures. These measures include: defined audience capacity; social distancing; wearing face masks; mandatory Service NSW QR code registration check in; extra cleaning; increased sanitisation of high-touch surfaces; the provision of hand sanitiser, anti-bacterial wipes and hand washing facilities throughout the venue; traffic management plans to alleviate congestion in public spaces.

Please review our Patron Safety Information before you visit us at Riverside.

It is also important that if you are unwell you stay at home. We have updated our ticket conditions and our Box Office team are available to talk through possible exchange and refund options. You can contact the Box Office on 02 8839 3399 or email BoxOffice_Riverside@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

Thank you for keeping our community safe.

Photos by Seiya Taguchi


According to the exemption under the public health order (COVID 19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 7) 2020 (NSW) under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW), issued on February 1 2021, organised groups who enter a premises as part of a school, child care, aged care or disability group are not required to provide the premises with contact details of every person in their group. This is subject to the following conditions:

  • It is duty of the group organiser (teacher or carer) to keep an electronic record of the entire group and their contact details for 28 days after the event.
  • The group organiser must provide the premises (Riverside Theatres) with at least two contacts to make available to NSW Health.


English – Stage 5 & 6, Year 11 students: also suitable for Stage 4 & 5 Drama students; Language, Literature, Literacy; The Arts, Theatre & Cultural Studies. Download full curriculum links. 

Digital Student Resource Kit – With every booking, includes detailed analysis of the play and a guide to this production, photos and design.


For further information and to book please contact our Education Booking Coordinator on 8839 3308 or email education_riverside@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

Please Note: This production contains smoke haze, strobe lighting, simulated violence, prop weapons and loud noise. Please be aware that William Shakespeare’s Othello features themes of domestic violence, suicide, violence, sexual references and issues of hate speech and racial vilification that may be triggering. For assistance or guidance if facing such issues in your life, contact All Together Now, Lifeline on 13 11 14, or 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).

Pricing for Student/Teacher is $28, with 1 free teacher per 10 students. This performance has a transaction fee of $4.60.

Riverside’s Risk Assessment & Covid Safe Plan
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Take a look at our Patron Safety Information and Download our Covid Safe Plan 

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“My students and I just love the spirit that drives you to make words have real and personal meaning. You infuse the theatre with that energy – it’s priceless and addictive! Thank you for putting such time and effort into this show. It was brilliant. The kids were just rapt.”  – Teacher, Barker College


Managing Artistic Director of Sport for Jove is multi-award winning director Damien Ryan, who is at the forefront of directing Shakespeare in Australia.

Directing credits: for SFJ No End of Blame, Cyrano de Bergerac, Antony and Cleopatra, Antigone, Away, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Libertine; for Bell Shakespeare, co-directing Henry 4 with John Bell, Romeo and Juliet, and the Actors at Work program. He founded the Sydney Hills Shakespeare in the Park and The Leura Shakespeare Festival.
He has acted and directed many plays across Australia. He has worked heavily in the Australian education sector, and bringing Shakespeare and theatre to young audiences is his life’s ambition.

Awards: Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Supporting Actor in Independent Production for Iago in Othello; Best Director and Best Production for Antigone; Best Independent Production for All’s Well That Ends Well; Best Director and Best Mainstage Production Henry V; Best Director and Best Production for Cyrano de Bergerac; Best Production for The Libertine; and nominations for Best Director for The Libertine, Hamlet and The Taming of the Shrew.


Cat brings with her over 10 years experience in theatre nationally and internationally. Cat has worked at leading theatre companies in Australia and overseas, with some of Broadways biggest literary agents and founded Catnip Productions in 2012.

Catnip Productions is dedicated to empowering Australia’s next generation of Producers and has been published in Arts Hub.

Some of Cat’s most notable producing credits include: The Nether (Catnip Productions), 4000 Miles (Catnip Productions, MopHead and Critical Stages National Tour), AM I (Shaun Parker & Co, European Tour and Malaysian Tour), Blue Love (Shaun Parker & Co, Germany), A Riff on Keef (Ocelot Productions & Griffin Independent), Animal / People (Rock Surfers Theatre Co), Platonov (MopHead & Catnip Productions), The Way Things Work (Rock Surfers Theatre Co), The Removalists (Rock Surfers Theatre Co & Critical Stages, Australian tour), FUNPARK (Sydney Festival ‘14), Starlight Stories (Starlight Foundation & Earth Key), 4000 Miles (MopHead & Catnip Productions at ATYP and La Boite Theatre Company), Songs For the Fallen (Michael Sieders & Critical Stages) and Punk Rock (pantsguys Productions).

Cat graduated from Actors Centre Australia in 2010 where she received the Juli Batten scholarship. In 2013, Cat was invited to work at Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago on Big Lake Big City directed by David Schwimmer.


Martin has designed for theatre and events both nationally and internationally. Including End of the Rainbow and Kids Stuff Ensemble Theatre, Shakespeare’s R&J and Just Macbeth Bell Shakespeare, Fairy’s Wings, Worry Worts, Bugalugs Bum Thief and Sprung  Monkey Baa, The Hatpin, Love Song, Bang and Unholy Ghosts White Box Theatre, Absinthe, Desir and Empire New York and Las Vegas, Satango and The House On The Lake for the Griffin. Three Sisters for Sport for Jove.

Events include Hamer Hall Opening Celebrations, East Timor’s Independence Day, World Youth day 2008 and Sydney’s spectacular New Years Eve Celebrations 2000 to 2007.


James Brown is a Sydney based composer and sound designer. He has worked collaboratively with companies both locally and internationally to produce soundtracks for performance, flm, animation and games. He holds a Visual Arts degree from Sydney College of the Arts, and a Masters Degree in Acoustic Physics from Sydney University. He has extensive experience working in collaborative, multi-artform processes and has formed ongoing artistic relationships collaborations with artists and companies including: Bethesda, Victoria Hunt, Jane Campion, Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, William Yang, George Khut, Matthew Day, Hans Van Den Broeck (SOIT), POST, and Urban Theatre Projects. His process often involves creating music in synchronicity with the development of the project, creating a strong connection between the material and sound.  http://jamespeterbrown.com


Jonathan is a Sydney-based production designer and recent graduate from NIDA’s design degree.

Jonathan’s theatre design credits include set for Belleville at the Old Fitz Theatre, set & costumes for The Cherry Orchard at the New Theatre; Teacup in a Storm for Q Theatre; Intoxication at La Mama for Midsumma Festival 2016; and The Wonderful World of Dissocia for The Kings Collective in 2015.

Whilst at NIDA Jonathan designed the set for the premiere of Nicki Bloom’s Vale and costumes for Stranger I Am, a new work from director Craig Ilott.


Website – http://www.sportforjove.com.au

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Twitter – @SportforJove


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Dates and Times:

Schools Performances
Tuesday 22 June 2021 at 1pm
Wednesday 23 June 2021 at 10am & 1pm
Thursday 24 June 2021 at 10am & 1pm
Friday 25 June 2021 at 10am & 1pm


2 hours, no interval + Q&A post show

Ticket Prices

Student/Teacher $28

Transaction fees apply

School Bookings $4.60

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