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.QQWWEERRTT Fashion Sports shoes Female Wild Students Harajuku Casual Running shoesMageleo color Beaded Nightclub Package Oval Handbag Evening Bag.BDshoes EVA Triple Buckle Ankle Boot with Stacked Heel and Zipper ClosureAilj The New Summer Sports shoes Korean Version Wild Platform shoes Platform shoes Heightening shoes Harbor Wind shoes.
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, Demonia DEMONIAW Womens EMILY-350 BLPVL BootsPolar Womens Tall Snow Warm Calf Waterproof Durable Outdoor Winter Rain Boots - 8 - GRE39 AYC0531is 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,Twisted X Boots Women's WDM0048 Boat shoesJ. Adams Bow Platform Slip on - Trendy Flatform shoes - Comfortable Closed Toe Sneakers - Wally 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, Ellie 604-SHERA 6 Heel SandalCrazy-shop Loafers Casual Flat Women's Genuine Leather Flats for Ladiesthen 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 boneCAMSSOO Women's Sexy Fashion Shallow Pointed Toe High Heels Pumps Dress shoes,Gentle Souls Womens Rory Ribbon Slip on Sneaker Mule SneakerSandals Women's High Heels Fish Mouth shoes Fashion High Heels Heels Summer Sexy Platform shoes Bow Sandals Sandals High Heel Sandals (color Black, Size 39) 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’. Ezywear Womens Slip on shoes - EZ83834 Light Weight Breathable Sneakers for Walking,Road Running shoes
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;T-JULY Women Wedges High Heels Zip Solid Round Toe Platform shoes Winter Knee-High Big Size Casual BootsROMIKA Womens Cassie 42 Loafer Flat 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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