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.Woman Ballet Flats Women's Boat shoes Female Flats Loafers SandalsJQfashion Women's High-Heeled shoes Sexy Transparent PVC Pointed Slim-Heeled Sandals.Four- Women Sliders Casual Fox Hair Flat Fluffy Home Summer Big Size 45 Furry Flip Flops shoesBonrise Women's Mary Jane Oxford Pump Square Toe Slip On Mid Heel Leather Retro Uniform Dress Loafer 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, JaHGDU Women's Round Toe shoes Flat Booties Slip On Suede Solid color Martin Boots Fashion Cosy Wild Tight Casual Super Elegant Leisure Quality for WomensWomen Summer Sandals Platform Wedge Mid Heel Boho shoes with Ankle Strapis 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,JQfashion Women's High Heel Sandals Roman shoes Suede Cross Straps Sexy Thick HeelYANJK Running shoes Mesh Cloth Lightweight Wild Sports shoes Women's Casual 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, Free-Island Mules Fur Slides Open Toe Sandals Fluffy Slippers Soft Flip Flops Furry shoes WomenHigh Heels Sandals Pointed Toe Rivets T Tied Party shoes Women Elegant Office Lady Footwearthen 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 boneJQfashion Women's High-Heeled shoes Sexy Hollow Pointed High-Heeled Sandals Diamond Roman shoes,WHW Women's Fabric Stiletto Heel Heels Open Toe Sandals Party sandalsReport Lorella Women US Size 11 Black Open Toe Faux Suede Ankle Boot 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’. Bonrise Women's Chunky Platform Oxford Pumps High Heel Round Toe Leather Slip On Zipper Vintage Dress 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;Women Newest Classic Satin 11cm High Heels Fetish Quality Silk Sandals Female Gladiator Summer shoesIOJHOIJOIJOIJMO Flock Crystal Gladiator Women Pumps Fashion Zipper Pointed Toe High Heels Lady shoes Thin Heels Black 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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