The Office Othello

Date: 2007
Posted by: smathew3344
Credits: Filmed by Stephen Mathew
Cast: Not named
Duration: 10.52

Just how many American high schools are out there where the English teacher has set the class the task of producing a video parody of the Shakespeare play they are studying using some popular culture reference or other? From the evidence of YouTube, there are hundreds. Most are wearisome and would seem to have little instructional value; a handful amuse or intrigue; just one or two are exceptional. The Office Othello comes under the intriguing category – a moderately skilful but ultimately quite peculiar attempt to marry the style of the television series The Office to Shakespeare’s play. The effort is praiseworthy for the accuracy of some of the parody, and for not slavishly following the plot line of the play. But the light tone sits uneasily with jealousy and having Pam (the Desdemona figure) have her throat cut with a pair of office scissors. So, more marks for inspiration than execution.

The same filmmaker has also made Crouching Tiger, Hidden Macbeth, a juvenile romp redeemed somewhat by its title and the comic use of dubbing.

Links
YouTube page

Kate and Petruchio

Date: 2007
Posted by: sniglfritz
Credits: Produced and edited by Nessa. Written by Nessa and Charlotte. Filmed by Nessa, Hannah and Charlotte. Music credits given at the end of the video. A Don’t Put This on Camera Production
Cast: Hannah (Hortensio, Bianca, Grumia), Nessa (Gremio, Lucentio), Charlotte (Petruchio’s Mother, Lucentio’s Playmate, Baptista)
Duration: 8.56 (the final 90 seconds are music only)

Lively parody of The Taming of the Shrew done as a Canadian school project, and presented in the style of a ‘Hollywood True Story’ TV programme. It intercuts rather well between its enthusiastic all-female cast (three of them, playing multiple roles) and stills of Kate (Angela Jolie) and Petruchio (Brad Pitt) – such wise choices – telling an everyday story of celebrity life.

Links
YouTube page

Much Ado About Nothing

Date: 2007
Posted by: LiveTheatreSkaro
Credits: Produced by Rogues and Vagabonds
Cast: Dalek Snowdon (Beatrice), Dalek Kenneth (Benedick), with Alan Knight, Kit Loughmane, Linds Redding
Duration: 4.29

Dalek Masterpiece Theatre presents Much Ado About Nothing (Act 4 Scene 1). Beatrice and Benedick are portrayed as Daleks, the sinister pepper pots from the BBC television series Doctor Who. The lines are mostly Shakespeare’s (with a few references to the Daleks’ leader, Davros, and the inspired borrowing of the Daleks’ famous cry to give us ‘Exterminate Claudio!), until the two performers end up squabbling, with intervention off-camera by the director. Dalek Masterpiece Theatre describes itself as “an all-Dalek amateur dramatic society”. In reality (?) it is a production of Rogues and Vagabonds, a touring theatre company from Waiheke Island, New Zealand.

Links
Rogues and Vagabonds
YouTube page

The Doctor does Shakespeare

Date: 2007
Posted by: Garrywat
Credits: Created by Gary and Lisa Watkinson
Cast: David Tennant
Duration: 0.25

A compilation by Gary and Lisa Watkinson, reacting to the news in 2007 that David Tennant was to play Hamlet on stage, which takes word-clips from the BBC television series Dr Who (in which Tennant plays the title role) to construct lines from Shakespeare’s play. The lines selected are ‘What a peice [sic] of work is Man/How noble in reason’ and ‘There is nothing either good or bad/But thinking makes it so’.

David Tennant Does Shakespeare

Date: 2007
Posted by: Garrywat
Credits: Created by Gary and Lisa Watkinson
Cast: David Tennant
Duration: 0.25

A second compilation by Gary and Lisa Watkinson. The lines selected are ‘To be or not to be, that is the question, ‘That it should come to this’ and ‘The play’s the thing’ (complete phrase from the Dr Who episode The Shakespeare Code).

Links
The Doctor does Shakespeare YouTube page
David Tennant Does Shakespeare YouTube page