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.San hojas Platform Sandals Genuine Leather For TeensLongbao Women Sandals High Heels 2019 New Genuine Leather Fashion Buckle Female.Women's Slipper Fashion Flat Slippers Summer Korean Wear Non-Slip Sandals Flat Sandals,Fashion Sandals (color B, Size 37)GIY Women's Floral High Heel Stilettos Sandals Pointed Toe Platform Retro Wedding Party Pump Dress Sandals.
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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,2018 New Plus Velvet Martin Boots Single Boots Leather Boots British Style Wild Large Size Women's BootsRTwkvv Hot Air Balloons Pattern Design Womens Sneakers Lightweight Breathable Mesh Sport Gym Walking 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, RTwkvv Balloons Illustration Pattern Women's Fashion Sneakers Casual Sport shoesWinter shoes Flat Plus Cashmere Wool shoes Female Scoop shoes Cotton shoes Fashion Loafers shoes Simple Wild Flat shoes Moccasins ( color Black , Size 5 B(M)US )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 boneDuo 2017 Australia in The Tube Cotton shoes Thick Diamond gem Leather Fox Fur Warm Snow Boots,GIY Women's Classic Low Heel Oxford shoes Buckle Pointy Toe Slip-On Pumps Dress Wedding Bridal shoesWomen's Slipper Summer, Fashion Slope with Women's Slippers, Sandals & Slippers Flat Sandals,Fashion Sandals (Size 38) 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’. RHFDVGDS warm winter boots Ms tube in high heel platform boots high boots Smart wear women's boots
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;AIWEIYi Women's Low Heels Slides Slippers Rhinestone Slip on Sandal shoes goldAIWEIYi Womens Rhinestone Pointed Toe Lace up Ballet Flats Casual Dress shoes 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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