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.LIURUIJIA Womens Girl's Casual Plus Size High Top Wedge Heel Canvas shoes Fashion Sneaker 4XX-88053-1Silver Lilly Animal Slippers - Plush French Bulldog Dog Slippers.SUNNY Store Women’s Lightweight Sneakers Casual Athletic Running Walking shoesSUNNY Store Womens Girls Fashion Casual Knitted Sports Sneakers Athletic Running shoes.
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, Uirend Black Rain Boots Womens - Ladies Wellies Chelsea Wellington Snow Boots Low Heels Block Chunky Flat Elasticated Ankle shoes Casual Walking Garden Riding BikerWinter Warm Slippers Adult Men and Women Household Socks Boots Soft Non-Slip Thicken Plush Home Indoor 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,Women Loafers Autumn Winter Comfort Flock Ballet Flat shoes Pointed Toe Low Heel Slip on Casual shoesSummer Plus Size 31-47 Concise Women shoes Woman Black Ankle-Strap Sandals Women Sandal 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, FanRen High heels Ladies Luxury Heel shoes Women Ladies Single Square Sandals Elegant Party Heel shoesDecoStain Women's Cute Pointed Toe Bowtie Decoration Slip-on High Thin Heels Party Wedding Pumps 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 boneTop Moda Women's Slouchy Knee High Flat Heel Boot,FANIMILA Women High Heels Boots Buckle Strap Zipper Boots Vintage Mid Top Boots Retro shoesAAKOPE& Rome Strappy Gladiator Sandals Womens 2018 Summer Vogue Plaid Square High Heels Cross Tied Sandals Party shoes New 34-43 Black 4.5 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’. New Ladies Sexy Elegant High Heeled Pointy Toe Pumps Wedding shoes OL Stilettos
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;BalaMasa Womens Platform Solid Pleated Bows Urethane Pumps shoes APL10451pink flowers Sexy Women's shoes High Heeled Sandals shoes Summer Zipper Sandals Square Heel 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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