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.Fashion Sneakers For Men Camomile And Skull Rendy Lightweight Breathable Mesh Mens Walking shoesFashion Sneakers shoes For Men Cartoon Space Moon Stars Universe-01 Simple Lightweight Breathable Mesh Mens Walking shoes.Tropical Flamingo Bird Womens Fashion Canvas Lace Up Dhoes Low Top Trendy Tennis shoes for Women WhiteFeenfling White Pink Unicorn Sunflowers Womens Latest Sneakers shoes Low Top Cute Cloth shoes for Women Girls.
For Lloyd’s company, men are a species unto themselves. Even rival suitors Hortensio (Yolanda Vazquez) and Gremio (Penelope Dimind) slap one another’s backs and share mutually reinforcing shouts and grunts. Petruchio, when he emerges in the imposing six-foot form of Janet McTeer, T-JULY Fashion Women Summer Slippers Beach Flip Flops Platform Handmade Flowers Sandals Wedge Jelly Slides shoesT-JULY Peep Toe Gladiator Sandals Summer Elegant Platform shoes Woman Wedges Sandals Casual Women shoesis the most alpha of the males, embodying a slightly swaggering but entirely self-possessed confidence that brooks no argument.
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,Feenfling Red Cute Star Pink Unicorn Womens Navy Canvas Sneakers Low Top Cute Sneakers shoes for Women'sFeenfling Penguin Classics bluee Womens Navy Canvas Running shoes Low Top Fashion Sneakers for Woman 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, Animal Stripes Green Womens Latest Canvas Tennis shoes Low Top Comfortable Cloth shoes for Women GirlsFeenfling Flamingo Tropical Womens Denim Canvas Deck shoes Low Top Trendy Basketball Sneakers for Women Girls Whitethen 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 boneYellow Samantha Bee Womens Plain Canvas Lace Up Dhoes Low Top Classic Volleyball Sneakers for Woman,Warm Plush Winter Slippers Women Drawstring Down Cloth Cotton Boots Flat Platform Indoor Home shoesFreewander Vintage Old School shoes for Women Basketball shoes 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’. Feenfling Evil Screaming Skull Womens Flat Canvas Deck shoes Low Top Cute Volleyball Sneakers for Women
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;Dreamstar Female Motocycle Ankle Boots Women Boots Flat Lace-Up Martin Boots Autumn shoesHawaiian Pineapple Pattern Tropical Watercolor Woman's Net Running shoes Climbing Comfortable 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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