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.Panchal Creation Wholesale 50 pc lot Bulk Indian Vintage Hand Bag Traditional Bridal Clutch Beaded Shoulder Bag potli Pouch Hand Bag Purses Women Purse by Craft Place M -96Sandals Women's Wide-Leg Women's shoes 41 42 43 Yards Plus Fat high Heels.Leather shoes Fashion Bright Leather Rivets Pointed shoes Men's Business Casual shoes Youth Fashion shoesCHENXD shoes, Men's Fashion Genuine Leather shoes Slip on Casual Loafers 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, Indian Wholesale 50 pc lot Bulk Mandala Hand Bag Ethnic Clutches Purse Shoulder Assorted for Ladies by Panchal Creation-84Nike WMNS Air Zoom Vomero 12 Womens 863766-002 Size 5.5is 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,Anstorematealliance Outdoor&Sports shoes 2 Pairs 2.5cm PU Breathable Sport Height Increase Insoles, Size SWilliess Student Sports Couple shoes Air Cushion Breathable Mesh Casual shoes Men's shoes (color Black, Size 45) 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, FFSH Sports shoes Fly Woven lace Casual shoes Breathable Sports Fitness Running shoes-black-43Williess Sports shoes Men's Breathable Non-Slip Wear Men's Casual shoes Men's Tide shoes (color Black and red, Size 42)then 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 boneIno Fashion Sneaker for Men Sports shoes Slip On Style Canvas Troll Toe Outside Leisure Trend,Rieker Fee 93 Women's Boot2STAR Women's 2Sd2263 White Leather 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’. Casual shoes Men's Rivets Zipper high-top shoes Youth Trend Fashion Personality
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;Schutz Women's Cadey Lee Sandals, BlackWomen's Leather Sandals Fashion Wedge Women's shoes Muffin Platform Sandals Black Party shoes Mid Heel Sandals for Women Fashion Trend (color Silver, Size 35 US5.5) 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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