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.Pilusooou Cool and Popular Unisex 7 colors LED Light Up Sport shoes Flashing SneakersFidgetFidget Dog Bringht Yellow Print Women Summer Mesh shoes Slip On Casual Sneakers 6 Cool CC1237AA.Sianaoi All Match Women shoes high Canvas shoes Women Fashion Casual shoesHoxekle Women Mid Calf Snow Boots Cute Bowtie Warm Slip on Fashion Fur Flat Boots Women Winter shoes Butterfly.
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, COLOV Womens Mesh Toning Rocker shoes Slip on Fitness shoes Lightweight Ladies Soft Sports Walking Tennis shoes Wedges Platform shoesTNGWA& Women Summer Sandals Genuine Leather Rhinestone Breathable Flat shoes Femaleis 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,Jessieco Womens Vintage Straw Woven Handbags Casual Beach Large Tote BagsLifeStride Womens Xripley Riding Boot 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, FAT BABY New Pointed Hollow Female Single shoes high-Heeled shoes Shallow Mouth Stiletto Commuter Women's shoesAiweijia Women Rubber Sole Solid color Pointed Toe Low Heeled shoes for Partythen 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 boneQIYUN.Z Women Fashion Solid color Simple Shallow Mouth High Heel shoes Party Nightclub Pumps,HUGS IDEA Yellow Florals Printed Womens High Top Lace Up Fashion Sneakers US6Gjsonmv New Year Red Coin with Pig Yellow mesh Lightweight shoes for Women Comfortable Sports Volleyball Sneakers 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’. U-MAC Mid Heel Wedge Platform Sandals for Women Peep Toe Slip On Casual Soft Sole Slippers Ladies Summer Fashoin Outdoor Walking shoes
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