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.Henraly Pregnant Women Sandals Women Non-Slip Flat New Summer New Leather Soft Sandals Female Students with Casual shoesHuhuj The Korean Women's shoes in The Fall Breathable shoes Joker White shoes Thick-Soled shoes with White Plates Casual Sport shoes.Like Eletina shirt Heeled Women Womens Combat Lace Up Ankle Boots High Block Heel Booties and Look for Girls Vintage Boot Grey Shootie S Laceup Fall ShootiesFish Head Hollow Women shoes Sandals Lace Suede Leather shoes Woman Sandals Sexy Ankle Boots.
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, greenUSO 2019 New Women Summer's Fashion Sneaker Hollow Beatherable Surface Platform shoesJQfashion Women's High-Heeled shoes 16Cm Waterproof Terrace Slim-Heeled Metal shoes Night Club Sexy Women's 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,Elegent Women's Latin Dance Costume, Terylene Sparking Sequins, Tassels Sleeveness Rhinestones Dress Black\ bluee\ Red (3 Pcs Package) CharmingHEDDK Women Fashion Platforms Wedges Flip Flops Slipper Sandals Summer Travel shoes Beach Sandals for Sports Vacation Plus Size 35-42 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, Sweetest-Thing Pointed Mule Slippers,Women Heel Sandals Slip On Pointed Toe Slide BuckleHuangKang Women Sandals Sexy High Heels Sandals Summer shoes for Women Thin Heels Sandalsthen 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 boneWomen Sandals Crystal Fashion Women Beach Slippers Wedges Sandals,XDLEX Women's Lolita Cosplay Bowknot Sandals T Strap Platform Pumps Ankle Wrap-Around Strap Vintage Mary Janes Cute Buckle Strap Peep Toe Chunky Block HeelASHIJIN Boutique Dazzling Silver Flower Crystal Women Clutch Bags Hollow Wedding Party Handbag Shoulder Bag 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’. Sunshine-Family Summer Sandals Sexy Transparent Heel Crystal Open Toed High Heels Buckle Strap Women Square Heels Sandals
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;Plastic Transparent with Thick Fish Mouth high Heel Women's Sandals spot 40 Yards.ZL-D92-2POLERO Cartoon Paint shoes for Tennis,Women's Cross Trainer Running shoes Fashion Sneakers Mesh Breathable Walking shoes Red 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.
The standout sequence, though, is Katherina’s final speech. At Petruchio’s command,WSYHXMflip flop Slippers Men's Summer Home Non-Slip Couple Fashion Women's Outdoor Bathroom Sandals she gives a speech of a few lines, and gets applause and approval from her husband. But then she goes for another few lines, and another, and another. An increasingly anxious Petruchio tries to get her to be quiet, but she begins exaggerating the speech more and more, getting up on the banquet table and flashing her legs, and finally lying down in a mockery of Petruchio,GIY Women's Flower Thong Flip-Flops Slide Anti-Slip Summer Outdoor Beach SandalSANYCOM Plain Winter Slippers Comfort Body Comfort Anti Shock Made in before flouncing offstage.Beach Woman Flip Flops PVC Slides Female Sandals Rivet Bowknot Slip on Flat We see a glimpse of them having a fight in Italian, suggesting that Katherina is far from ‘tamed’, and indeed will continue to assert herself against Petruchio indefinitely, even as she learns to play the game of this patriarchal world. It’s a quiet reclamation of the play, but a potent one.