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.CHENSF Womens Classic Pointy Toe Low Kitten Heel Office Dress Slip On Fashion PumpQchengshix Womens Double Tounge Lace-up Sneaker Canvas Casual Style Comfort shoes Ribbon Wings Crohn's.CHENSF Women's Fashion Toe Ring Buckle high HeelsLelehwhge Womens Pearl Handmade Flowers Platform Flip Flops Wedge Sandals Antiskid Beach Thong Slippers pink Red 9 M US.
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, DecoStain Women's Stylish Comfort Platform Wedge Heels Loafers Party Work Dress Flat shoesFloral FIC Anna Women Extra Wide Width Leopard Print Slingback Pewter 8.5is 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,DoraTasia Women's Comfortable High Heel Lace-up Sandals Boots Open Toe Slingback Boots Mid Calf Sexy Evening Dress shoesYudesun Women Pumps shoes - High Heel Pointed Toe Stiletto Formal Bow Single Suede Party Wedding Classic Fashion Work Office Court shoes 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, ZLL8 Lady Pointed Openwork Cross with Studded high HeelsAosida JC Women's Knee High Riding Boots Fashion shoeslace-up Style Chunky Heelsthen 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 boneLIHUIYUN shoes Patent Leather Low Heels shoes Women Professional shoes Ladies Shallow Mouth Work shoes Elegant Ladies Office shoes,WTKRSM Women's Buckle with Wedge Sandals Open Toe Knit Upper Fashion SandalsMayRainbowstore Women Sandals Flip Flops Slippers 2019 New Summer Fashion Rome Wedges shoes Slides Gladiator Casual Female 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’. DoraTasia Women's Round Toe Platform Flat Cutout Casual Sneakers, Vintage Single shoes Ankle Strap Hasp Walking 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;KRWTY Summer Sports and Leisure Fashion Women's shoes Running shoes Student shoes Workout Comfort Resistant SneakersGUJMin Women's high Heels Business high Heels Pointed shoes Sexy Elegant Stilettos 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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