The 2003 ‘Regime Change’ season at Shakespeare’s Globe saw the theatre belatedly extend its original practices experiments – which had included a number of productions with all-male casts – to a single-sex, women-led company, performing Richard III and The Taming of the Shrew in repertory. Phyllida Lloyd joined the project late in the day after Barry Kyle left the production, and the result (as seen on the archive video at Shakespeare’s Globe) is a joyful, comic, and playfully satirical take on the play that celebrates the bodies and improvisatory skill of the company’s women.Women's shoes Summer Club shoes Sandals Stiletto Heel Open Toe Buckle for Office & Career Dress Black, blueeExing Womens's shoes Wild Net Ladie Socks shoes,New Sneakers,High Help Breathable Flat Heel Ankle Boots.MCandy Women's Flats Turquoise shoes Full Beads Evening Party Dresses PumpsSuperga Womens 2750 Corduroyw Sneaker.
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This commedia-inflected production plays the Shrew fairly straight, for laughs, and without the induction that might give it an ironic frame. Instead, any critique and irony comes from within the performances themselves, as the company allow the play to be a comedy but allow that comedy to push to uncomfortable places. Kathryn Hunter’s Katherina is a spoiled woman-child, stamping her feet and shouting wordlessly when she doesn’t get her way,Platform High Heels Women Slippers Beading Non-Slip Wedges Outdoor Beach,Summer-lavender Black Over The Knee Boots Winter Boots Autumn Leather shoes Thigh High Boots shoes and in the early scenes Petruchio brilliantly turns this against her when informing the other men that they have agreed she will do this – when she stamps, the men clap and cheer her; when she shouts, they turn it into a huzzah, depriving her of her best weapons. Her abuse of her sister Bianca (Laura Rogers) is thorough and quite violent, but this comes from justifiable resentment at the clear favouritism of her father Baptista (Anna Healy). Katherina has undeniable problems, but watching her passed over by her father and gaslit by her wooer is still hard to watch.
During the second half, at Petruchio’s house, the strategies are very clear and centred around food. In a clever move, Lloyd brings onstage Petruchio’s spaniel Troilus, an actor in a dog costume, who takes an immediate dislike to Katherina; Katherina tries to flee from the dog, T-JULY Women's Wedge Sandal Open Toe Lace-Up Roman Style Ankle Strap Gladiator Summer Breathable Casual Ladies shoesSkechers Womens D'Lites - Short Lace Up Bootie with Puffy Collar Fashion Bootthen beats it with a broom, leaving it whimpering away to get the sympathy of the servants. Later, Katherina sneaks up to the dog while it and Grumio sleep to steal its boneEllie shoes Womens 300-dorry Engineer Boot,WANGZHAO Single Shoulder Bag Handbag, Female Bag, Large Capacity New Leather Bag 33X30X15CmWANGZHAO Women's Bag, Satchel, Postman Bag, Fashion Trend, Retro Hand Dike Bag her hunger absolutely desperate by this point. Later, as a reward, Petruchio gives Katherina some food, but then embraces her and coddles her while Hortensio finishes it off. And increasingly it becomes obvious that Petruchio is treating Katherina exactly like his dog, right down to the whistles and shouts of ‘Here’. Eora-2sl Lady Slippers Flock Pointed Toe shoes Shallow Big Size 33-42 Comfortable Summer Mules shoes
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