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.Soulength Women's Sandals Summer Ladies Fashion High Heel Sandals shoes Bohemian Comfortable Suede Beaded National Wind SandalsBolso Women Handbags Tote Vintage Style Shoulder Purses Hobo Satchel Designer Handbag Large Work Bags with Zipper Brown.Sweetest-Thing Pointed Mule Slippers,Tangnest Flock shoes Pointed Toe Low Heel Outdoor Sandalsshoes Woman Slides Slippers 2019 Transparent Crystal Heels 7 10cm Weddings shoes Sexy.
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, Henraly Women Ballet Flats Fashion Metal Toe Women Flat shoes Ballerinas Ladies Casual Flats Size 35-40 PinkHenraly Summer Plus Size Luxury Sandals Women Leather Flat Drivers Womens Wedges shoes Casual Occasions Comfortable The Female Sandalsis 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,Linson123 Sexy Sandals Fashion Wild Casual Comfortable high Heels Party Dress shoes WomenMXTIAN Women's Leather Loafers Slip-On Flats Driving Walking Casual Moccasins 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, MiniYoo 2019 Spring Summer Flat shoes Flax Slip On Lace Loafers Breathable Female Casual SneakersALWAYS ME Women Slippers Silk Bow Slides Summer Beach shoes Flat Heels Flip Flops Rihanna Bohemia Sandalsthen 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 boneASHIJIN Shiny Rhinestone Travel Backpack Shoulder Bag Girl Lady Small Bags for Women,DecoStain Women's Snakeskin Patent Leather Slip On Thin High Heel Pumps RedIDIFU Women's Dressy Rhinestone Medium Heel Chunky Slouchy Mid Calf Boots 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’. Women Pump Faux Suede Solid colors High Heels 10CM Sandals Femme Sexy Pumps 014C0474-3
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;New Summer Beach Travel shoes Summer Platform Sandals Big Toe Bone Correcting SandalsNZZNB Women's Bag Fashion Pure color Simple Handbag Personality Rivet Decoration Single Shoulder Bag Retro Satchel Top-Handle Handbags 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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