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.Pitbull Vintage Women'S Leisure Canvas Sling Bag For Travel Big Shopping BagGeometric Galaxy Wolf-1 Women'S Leisure Canvas Handbag For School Big Shopping Bag.EGTHYU Cozy Green Frog Tea but That's None of My Business Canvas Lightweight Alpargata Ballet Black White Slip-Ons Flats shoes Sneakers for WomenLewis Pitman Slip-On Lace-Up Rivet Flat Boat shoes Soft Fabric Women Flock Pointed Toe Crystal.
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, AVENBER Women's Bohemian Beaded Ankle Strap Sandal Flats Comfortable Elastic Soft Non Slip Dress shoesRunning shoes Lightweight Skull-head-and-Metallica- For Women Sneaker rubber sole Comfortis 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,HANGGE& High Heels Women Pumps Patent Leather Dress shoes Spring Thick Heels Pointed ToeYork Zhu Women Loafers,Pointed Toe Shallow Mouth Slip-on Casual Flats 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, Kyle Walsh Pa Flip Flops Flat Sandals Women,Sweet Bow Slides T-Strap Slipper Beach shoes PinkUerescha Light Up Sandal (Toddler Little Kid)then 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 boneAbby 851 Womens Tango Latin Ballroom Fresh Rumba Pointed Toe Low Top Flat Snug Lace Up PU Cloth Dance shoes,ZXCVB& Flock Ankle Strap Sandals Women Pointed Toe FootwearHigh Heels Sandals Female Stud Party Buckle shoes Woman 2019 New Beige 10.5Fahrenheit Cliff 05 Womens Zipper Buckle Gladiator Stiletto 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’. Adelina Women's Comfort Laced Boat Loafer shoes Driving Moccasin Apricot 41 EU 9.5-10 US
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