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.Peony red shoes Sandals Fashion High Boots Sandals Women Bohemian Summer Casual shoes Casual SandalsKRWTY Women's Walking Sneakers - Mesh Slip On Air Cushion Lady Modern Easy shoes Platform Loafers.Linson123 Women's high Heel Stiletto high Heel Sandals Ladies Wedding Dress shoes DanceCHENSF Women Summer Leisure Fish Mouth Sandals Square Heels Slippers.
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, HarMQ Fashion Women's shoes Genuine Leather Flats Moccasins Oxford Mother Girls Slip On Casual shoesJQSM Luxury Handbags Women Bags Designer Shoulder Bags Velvet Messenger Bag Chain Small Sbody Bags for Women Bolsa Femininais 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,Gracemee Women Fashion Summer shoes Block High HeelsTOOSBUY Men & Women Breathable Running Sport Tennis shoes,Beach Aqua, Outdoor,Athletic,Rainy,Skiing,Walking,Slip on Water,Flat Casual shoes (12 D(M) US, AllWhite) 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, CHALi99 Comfort Ladies Lightweight Mesh shoes Sunflower Flower Image Yellow Sunflower Loafers Walking Quick DryCHALi99 Casual Womens Lightweight Mesh shoes Floral Fall Autumn Summer Sunflower Sneakers Workout Rubber Solethen 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 boneCHALi99 Casual Woman Lightweight Mesh shoes Sunflower (2) Loafers Trail Running Soft Sole,Women High Heels Sandals 16cm Sexy Stripper shoes Sandals Size 35-46,Black,35Woven Rug Women Handbag, Gift, Travel and Daily Bag, Traditional Weaving Product 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 Spring Transparent Pointed Toe High Heels Pumps Stiletto shoes Sexy Single Dress shoes Wedding shoes for Women
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;CHENSF Women Crude with A Single shoes Shallow Mouth High-Heeled shoesPolice And FireFighter Thin bluee Red Line Flag High Top Classic Casual Canvas Fashion shoes Sneakers For Women & Men 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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