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.Top Shishang Black Women's Ankle Strap Peep Toe Extreme High Heel Pumps Wedding Party Dress Stiletto Slip On SandalsMagone Women's Ultralight Slip On Sneaker Quick Dry Mesh Beach Casual Sports Walking shoes.Women Pointed Sandals 2018 Summer Small Fresh Fashion Buckle High Heel Mules Size EU 32-43Pleaser 4 Heel Pump shoes With Bow Detail At Toe.
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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, Women's Sandals Summer Solid Open Toe Buckle Thick Heel mid Heel Women's shoes,2,31BZees Womens Ease Ankle 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 boneAllhqFashion Women's PU Blend Materials High-Heels Boots with Metal Ornament and Zippers,TARSHIN Single shoes Spring and Summer Female Openwork Mesh Sandals Thick with Round Head Breathable BootiesT-JULY Woman Casual Breathable Mesh Wedge Platform White Sneakers Ladies Platform Flat Sneakers 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’. Original Intention Women's High Heels Platform shoes Peep Toe Pumps Dress Wedding Party Plus Size 4-20 Beige
The comedy of the production is sincere, then, but leads to uncomfortable positions. Hunter’s virtuoso physical skills allow her to be tumbled upside down when she fights against Petruchio, and to be carried around the stage in all kinds of undignified postures;Sakura Bloom Cherry Lightweight Sneakers For WomenSkull With Bones Walking Sneakers For Women yet the audience’s laughter seems to doubly imply both recognition of her skill and enjoyment of her subjugation. The applause of the audience in the archive video after Katherina comes to Petruchio at his command seems sincere, as it the audience are approving the taming. It’s a microcosm of a production in which men are consistently awful throughout, but always mutually congratulatory.
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