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.JQSM Handbags Women's Bag Shoulder Female Matte Leather Messenger Bag Women's Crossbody Ladies Hand Bags for WomenGcanwea Women's Classic Pointed Toe Sandals - Buckle Low Cut Solid color - Stiletto High Heels Sling Back shoes Black 4 M US.Adidas Women's Courtset Tennis shoesDisposable Slippers Home Salon Spa Hotel Men Women Closed Toes- Non-Slip,20Pair.
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, Sexy Women's Silky Snakeskin Texture A-Line Buckle-Strap Super-High Heels Leather Earings Pants Stiletto shoesGIY Womens Fashion Rhinestone Wedges Platform Sandals Open Toe Anti-Slip Block Heel Glitter Wedding shoesis 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,Womens Roshe one Lightweight labron_golden_Basketball Coll Cross-Trainer mesh shoesGIY Women's Bohemian Fringe Platforms Sandals Fashion Comfort Summer Beach Tassel Canvas Slides Slipper 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, IKH Retail INC Purse Light blueeJHMY Women Strappy Boots Knee High Lace Up Gladiator Peep Toe Heel Sandals Blackthen 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 boneWHW Women's Summer Slingback Leatherette Dress Casual Wedge Heel Rhinestone Sandals,Apricot,38,Huhuj Martin Boots for Fall Winter Short Boots with Retro Rough Thick-Soled Platform shoes Naked Bootsgoldsmyth Summer Square Toe Shallow Canvas Plaid Bowknot Low Heels Slippers Women shoes Fashion Tide 10C863 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’. Lucksender Womens Sexy High Heel Over The Knee Pole Dancing Boots
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