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.Onewus Women Fashion Bowtie Ankle Boots2019 Women Sandals Sexy peep Toe Strap Buckle Platform Wedge high Heels Summer Club Party shoes Woman Gladiator Sandals.H-M-STUDIO Bags Autumn and Winter New Fashion Chain Hairy Slung Shoulder Bag Black 22 20 11CmH-M-STUDIO Handbag New Autumn and Winter Portable Korean Version Khaki 22 11 10Cm.
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, FORTUN Elegant Women's shoes Thick with Sandals Casual Versatile high HeelsWomen Winter shoes Warm Cotton Plush Snow Boots Flat Platform Boot Women Footwearis 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,Meiren Ethnic Style Embroidery Flower Women's shoesLadies Latin dance shoes Soft sole dancing shoes dancing 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, RedBrowm Leisure Leather Bamboo Wooden WatchesLewis Pitman F-ox Slippers Fluffy Slippers Soft Women Summer Plush f-ur 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 boneUnm Women's New Fringed Buckle Strap Square Toe Slip On Dress Chunky Low Heels Loafers shoes,Fairly New Summer Peep Toe Ankle Strap Sweet Thick High Heel Platform Lady shoes,orange,3Rocket Dog Womens Afina Westville Cotton Sneaker 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’. Womens Linen Slippers Non-Slip Casual Sandals, Open Toe Flax Slipper in Summer Home,Red
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;SaraIris Women's Chunky High Heel Pointed Toe shoes Slingback Wedding Party SandalsHANBINGPO 2019 Genuine Leather Women Sandals Open Toe Hollow Gladiator Casual Ladies Sandals 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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