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.Vince Camuto Womens Jakayla Dress SandalWomen Platform Pumps,Extreme High Heels Work shoes Ladies Stiletto Sandals,Open Toe Fish Mouth Waterproof shoes.T-JULY Women's Sexy Knee-High High Heels Add Fur Winter shoes Boots Plus Size 32-46T-JULY Women's Velvet Snow Boots with Round Toe Wedges Zip Short Plush Mid-Calf Boots Winter Fashion Casual 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, Womens Winter Boots Warm Lining Snow Boots with Flat Heel Non-Slip Ankle Boots shoes for Girls LadiesLadies Canvas Low Top Lace up Pumps,Casual Sneakers Trainers shoes,Ladies Low Top Canvas Toe Cap Lace Up Pumps (color White, Size 35)is 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,Women's Sandals Rhinestone Leather Summer Club shoes Mid Heel Open Toe Rhinestone Glitter Buckle Chain for Wedding Party & EveningOllio Women's shoes Two Buckled Cross Straps Flat Sandals S101 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, The North Face Ultra Endurance Running shoes - Women'sWomen's LaPlume, Sheila Mid Heel Sandalthen 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 boneNansay Women's shoes Big Size Stiletto High Heels Buckle Strap Peep Toe Pumps Rivets Cover Heel Sandals,CITYCLASSIFIED City Classified JDAlmost Open Toe Stacked Chunky Heel Sandal (5.5 M US, D. Sand A)Betterfelt Unisex Classic Woolen Boot for Adults - All Natural Wool - Ultra Comfortable - Many Sizes and color 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’. Pleaser Women's Kiss 2023 Boot,Black,12 M
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;CINAK Mary Jane Flats Women- Comfort Ballet Flats Black Candy Skull Round Toe Sweet Lolita shoes Soft Casual Ankle Buckle StrapGenuine Leather Ankle Bootie Women shoes Chunky Heel Autumn Winter Boots Platform Fashion Boot 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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