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.Taylor Heart Nice;Fashion New lace-up Women Ankle Boots high Heels Black Brown Autumn Winter Motorcycle Boots Platform shoes WomanRebel Wedge Sandal Satin & Leather with Sequence & Embroidered gold, Pink.INART...women Wedge Woman Sandals Made in CHENSIR9 Womens shoes Denim Simple Ankle Strap Chunky High Heel Sandals.
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, Women High Heel gold Silver Pumps High Heels Women shoesClear PVC Transparent Pumps Slip-On Thin Heel High Heels Point Toes Womens Party shoes Nightclub Pumpsis 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,WYMBS Women's shoes Waterproof Autumn Winter Rough with Round Head Plush in The Tube Long BootsSilfer shoes Women's Clogs- Made in Made Out of Real Wood and Suede Leather Light bluee, sea Water color. Susy-B,Size 4 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, British leisure laced shoes Low crude and shallow mouth with round head shoeHuhuj Tassel shoes a pedal Lazy fashion shoes to help low Women flat shoes Board shoesthen 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 boneHuhuj Xiaqiu Fan shoes Low cut shoes Flat casual shoes,Bonrise Womens PU Leather Platform Oxfords Pearl Dress Loafers Vintage Handmade Mid Block Heel shoesDNJKSA Slim Heel High Heel shoes 2019 Sexy Metal Chain Sandals Pointed Women's Single shoes 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’. San hojas Suede Thin Heel Pumps OL Wind Pumps Ladies Pink
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;Henraly Flats Pointed Toe Shallow Flock Female shoes Flat Heels Sexy Cut-Outs Solid Single shoesIDIFU Women's Fashion Mid Chunky Heels Side Zipper Knee High Riding Boots 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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