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.CHENGLing Women's Open Toe Ankle Strap Crystal Chunky Platform High Heel Dress SandalJQfashion Sexy Animal Printing of Ladies'High-Heeled shoes with colord Transparent PVC Tip Fine-Heeled Sandals.Womens Lace Up High Heel, Womens Strappy Cut Out High Heel Ladies Back Lace Up Peep Toe Sandals shoes Open Toe Lace Up Heeled Sandals,38HuangKang 2019 New Women's Sandals Casual Fashion Summer Sandals Roman Peep-Toe Flats shoes Sandals Ladies 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, JESPER Women Winter Spring Suede Tassel Snow Boots Wedges Round Toe Lace-Up Ankle BootsShiney Women Martin Boots New Round Head Stone Pattern Waterproof Platform High Heelis 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,Sandals Wedges Platform Genuine Leather Peep Toe Female Sandals Clogs Summer shoes Plus Size 41 42JQSM Women Backpack Leather School Backpacks for Teenager Girls Crossbody Bag Shoulder Bags for Female 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, Comfortable and beautiful ladies sandals Fashion Casual Beach shoes Flat Slippers Non-Slip Home Slippers.SHINe-Island Women Old Mother Sandals Cow Genuine Leather PU Beach Summer Cool Zipper Sizethen 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 boneChes Women Sandals 2019 Butterfly-Knot Clear Stilettos Slingback PVC Sandals Wedding Dress Pumps shoes Size 35-40,Huhuj Inner-Increase Women shoes Thick-Soled Platform shoes Fashion Lady WhiteFairly_headstream Summer StyleWomen Wedge Sandals Fashion Concise Open Toe Platform High HeelsWomen Sandals 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’. Private space shoes Women Wedge Heels Pointed Toe Lady Pumps Autumn Female Work 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;HEDDK Fashion Women Waterproof Beach Sandal Open-Toed Flats Summer Sandal shoes Ladies Sandals Plus Size 35-42Women Sneakers Breathable Mesh Sneakers Non-Slip Rubber shoes Mother Flats 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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