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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.LaCrosse Men's 16 Premium Knee Work BootNike Air Terra Humara '18 Mens Ao1545-003 Size 11.5.PIKOLINOS Men Salou M9M-8148 Olmo Garnet Dress BootBates Men's 8 Inches Durashocks Lace-to-Toe Work Boot.

Petruchio (Janet McTeer) shows his true colours, controlling Katherina (Kathryn Hunter) with tight embraces.

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, Nike Mens Sock Dart Lightweight Knit Running shoes White 13 Medium (D)Adidas Men's Adizero 5-Star 7.0 Football Cleatsis 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,PUMA Men's Motion 2.0 SD Composite Toe SneakerRockport Men's, Patten Moc Boots 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, New Balance Men's Zante Solas V1 Fresh Foam Running shoesAdidas Mens Undefeated Adizero Adios Athletic & Sneakersthen 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 boneNike Men's Hyperdunk X Low Basketball shoes,Salomon Men's Xa Pro 3D GTXDansko Men's Wynn Slip-On Clog 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’. Vibram FiveFingers Men Seeya Running shoes (46, Black Dayglow)

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;Nike Vapor Untouchable 2 Men's FB Cleats (Sz 12.5)Aquatalia Men's Sebastian Tumb Full Grain Loafer, 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.

The standout sequence, though, is Katherina’s final speech. At Petruchio’s command,Crevo Men's Fairby Winter Boot she gives a speech of a few lines, and gets applause and approval from her husband. But then she goes for another few lines, and another, and another. An increasingly anxious Petruchio tries to get her to be quiet, but she begins exaggerating the speech more and more, getting up on the banquet table and flashing her legs, and finally lying down in a mockery of Petruchio,Kenneth Cole REACTION Men's Blake Cap Toe Lace Up shoesInov-8 F-Lite 230 - Original Minimalist Cross Training shoes - All Purpose Athletic shoes for Gym, Training and Weight Lifting before flouncing offstage.Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 2 Mens Running shoes We see a glimpse of them having a fight in Italian, suggesting that Katherina is far from ‘tamed’, and indeed will continue to assert herself against Petruchio indefinitely, even as she learns to play the game of this patriarchal world. It’s a quiet reclamation of the play, but a potent one.

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Gentleman Jack season 1 is a brilliantly constructed series, charting the ideal arc of a romance and culminating, in the season finale, with an air-punching, golden glow of a happy ending. It’s an unsurprising ending for a period romance, but thrilling in its full investment in a queer relationship, given all the trappings of any good BBC or HBO programme. Beautifully acted and directed, the confidence of this episode fully validates the decision to extend to a second season.

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Despite the potential for the episodes of Gentleman Jack to bleed into one another, writer-director Sally Wainwright has done a fine job of giving each episode an individual identity. The finale is structured around moving apart and coming together, as Anne Lister (Suranne Jones) goes on her long-planned trip around Europe with her two long-suffering servants for company, while Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle), having slit her wrists at the end of the previous episode,Saucony Men's Ride 10 Running shoes, orange Red, 15 M USECCO Men's Cairo Apron Toe Slip-OnASICS 1011A042 Men's GT-1000 7 Running shoesFRYE Men's Bowery Lace Up Combat Boot withdraws further into herself at her sister’s house in Scotland. Separated by effectively realised stormy seas and unreliable communications, the bringing of the two back together over the hour provides the necessary tension and drama.

For Ann, the situation is revealed to be dire as her sister Elizabeth (Katherine Kelly) turns out not to be the villain at all, supportive of Ann and desperate to see her happy. Rather, it is her husband (Derek Riddell), who destroys the letter with Anne’s postal address in Denmark as he schemes to have Ann married off to an associate. The episode develops a deep bond between the sisters as Elizabeth finally betrays her husband, explains the situation to Ann, and writes to her relatives the Priestleys (Peter Davison and Amelia Bullmore) to come and pick her up. There’s a mid-episode triumph here, first as Ann stands up for herself and tells Captain Sutherland that they are leaving, Nike Mens Air Max 97 BW Metallic gold Red Leather Size 9Dunham Men's Cloud Mid-Cut Waterproof Boot, Slate Black - 14 4E USand then as the Priestleys, weak-willed and prejudiced as they are, stick up for her. It’s a turning point for Ann as she takes back control of her own destiny.

Anne, meanwhile, arrives in Copenhagen, having escorted a young woman (Stephanie Hyam) back home. It’s a pleasure to see Anne on her travels: she wears a dress for the second time in two episodes as she is dined by Copenhagen’s great-and-good,Polo Ralph Lauren Men's EnvilleAriat Women's Fatbaby Cowgirl Composite Toe Work Boot and then is introduced to the Queen (Sofie Gråbøl). The magical Queen sees through Anne’s black dress immediately and tells her to move past her broken heart, and indeed Anne does tear up the carpet at a ball with Hyam’s Miss Ferrall (and Wainwright’s direction perfectly captures the speed at which Anne approaches life). But the journey is short-lived, Nike Zoom Rookie Mens Style BQ3379-002 Size 9.5as the doctor sends word that her beloved aunt (Gemma Jones) has gangrene, and she needs to come home if she wants to be sure of seeing her.

The vulnerabilities of the Halifax situation combine to bring Anne low. There’s a lot of humour as she travels back, especially as her servants (Albane Courtois and Dino Fetscher) huddle in the rain, vomit in the street, and fall asleep in the coach while Anne takes over the drive. Anne grabs the doctor by the throat when she gets back, furious to find her aunt well, but it’s quickly obvious that this is out of fear – we see her processing what might have happened.English Laundry Men's Fowler BootSaucony Men's Guide Iso Running shoes, Grey Denim, 7.5 Medium US She is likewise furious when her father (Timothy West) tells her she is an idiot for mortgaging the deeds to the family home against her plan to sink a mine, and Anne’s demeanour when she goes to the site and sees the scale of the problems is heartbreaking. At this point, she seems to have lost everything.

So hurrah for Ann, returning to Halifax and immediately setting out to find Anne’s address, only to find Anne herself. Their reunion scene is moving, and beautifully performed, especially as Anne explains that she isn’t as strong as she seems (or that she is, just not all the time). The scene builds beautifully to their procession of love, Bates Men's Usmc Lightweight Durashocks Military and Tactical Bootand then we see the two going to York to take communion together, treating it as their own private wedding ceremony as their hands brush as they walk back down the aisle. Juxtaposed with the public wedding of Thomas Sowden (Tom Lewis) and Suzannah Washington (Amy James-Kelly) – which provides a cliffhanger as Joe Armstrong’s Samuel Washington starts to see the holes in Thomas’s story about his disappeared (murdered) father) –Nike Men's PG 2.5 Basketball shoes (11, Black White) the secret wedding of Ann and Anne is less spectacular, but all the more moving for its quiet intimacy and secret signs. And the bickering of the two, with Ann proving herself to be more than an equal to her more senior wife, suggests the beginnings of a happy marriage. It’s a joyful way to finish an excellent serie.s

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The Willow Globe in Powys, Wales, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2019, and the coincidence of the British Shakespeare Association holding its first conference in Wales led to a special performance of the company’s Pericles in the grounds of Oystermouth Castle. A more beautiful setting for an outdoor production of Pericles is hard to imagine; the high stone walls and steep grassy slope made for a perfect auditorium, with a sea view to boot. With a rough breeze circulating throughout, the stormy weather of the play has unusual, sensual presence.

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Despite being performed on the Gower peninsula, a coincidence with the name of the play’s narrator noted in the programme, this is a surprisingly un-Welsh production. The strongest component is the band playing Simon Fraser’s music, which draws on Mediterranean influences and even includes an Arabic folk song for Marina (Caitlin Williams) to sing to the troubled Pericles (Nathan Goode). The music is beautifully doneNike Men's Air Zoom Pegasus 34 Running shoes Black Dark Grey-Anthracite 8.0Lloyd Men's Sascha Desert Boots,ECCO Men's Expedition III Low Gore-Tex Hiking shoes though the overwhelming whiteness of the cast means it feels somewhat appropriative, and it might have been lovely to see the company claim a Welsh identity for the play.

Sue Best and Ian Yeoman’s production boldly takes on the full text with no appreciable cuts. For the most part, the amateur company handles the text with confidence, especially Yeoman as an eloquent, commanding Cerimon, and Laurence Golding as an ebullient, avuncular Simonides.Georgia Men's Zero Drag-M Steel Toe Work Boot, Brown, 11 M US But the emphasis is on an ensemble ethos, with the whole large ensemble assembling to speak the words of the choruses, Gower becoming a collective voice that occasionally breaks up into the characters being spoken about. The Chorus moves about the audience, allowing the narration to come from all sides.

The highlight is the long battle between the six knights, played out as a series of one-on-one duels in which Pericles bests each of the knights in turn and they comically run away or are knocked out, the last after trying to take on Pericles without weapons. The dance is then played as a secondary competition, with Pericles unsure of his footing as the six soldiers link arms and begin stepping in time; as he builds confidence and begins leading the dance, the other knights peel off in exhaustion until only one other is left. This surprisingly detailed moment showcases Pericles’ ability to adapt to his circumstances and prevail,Giorgio Brutini Men's Chelsea Dress BootNike Vapor Untouchable Pro Football Cleats (10, Midnight Navy Metallic Silver) and the company’s sense of fun.

Some easy laughs are obtained from the appearance of three middle-aged prostitutes when the scene shifts to Mytilene, showing off their fishnets and broken teeth to the audience while the band plays a sultry jazz number. Erin Draper’s Lysimachus is a smooth operator, fully aware of the depravity of his own city, but not above going straight to Pericles with stories of virtue when it suits him. Here, when Lysimachus suddenly asks Pericles for Marina’s hand in marriage,Columbia Men's Bugaboot Plus Iv XTM Omni-Heat Mid Calf Boot Marina looks momentarily surprised as her father – who she has never met – suddenly assumes right of approval over her love affairs.

The production struggles, ultimately, to establish emotional coherence. The lengthy reunifications of the last act are oddly paced, focusing more on delivering the lines than on the import of what these might mean; and the final act inadvertently undermines itself by having Thaisa seemingly instantly forget about Marina while greeting Helicanus. The production doesn’t linger on the troubling implications of Antiochus and his daughter,Josef Seibel Men's Samuel Slip-On Loafer and while Maria Carreras does a nice job of making Dionyza a hissable villain, the reluctance to make cuts means that the more interesting character choices struggle to come through. The production makes a fine case for its venue, and to see Pericles done as a community-focused project is a rare thing indeed. It’s a play, though, that would have benefited from a stronger sense of purpose and ownership; deferring to the text without exploring its possibilities makes for a long evening.

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The anthology Common People, edited by Kit de Waal, is an important collection of working-class writers, combining essays and memoirs with creative responses to the idea of being working-class. It’s a moving collection with a great deal to say back to a world – especially an arts/literary world that often fails to recognise the scale of its own socio-economic privilege – that too often seeks to represent the working classes, rather than allowing those from underprivileged backgrounds to speak for themselves.

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Lynne Voyce’s short essay is a personal response to her childhood memories of growing up as the daughter of a Merseyside Vauxhall worker who was regularly on strike. Merseyside in the late seventies/early eighties was hit especially badly by Thatcher’s government,Ariat Work Men's Rebar Wedge 6 Construction BootDickies Men's Vanquish Health Care & Food Service shoes, Black, 8.5 M USBogs Men's Bed Rock 8 Soft Toe Industrial Boot and even down at the south end of the Wirral – where the industrial sprawl of Runcorn, Widnes and Ellesmere Port bump up against the mansions of footballers and investors – the Winter of Discontent left families literally with nothing to eat.

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Voyce’s chapter is representative of the achievements of the volume as a whole, offering uneasy, complex and emotional responses to well-worn situations, and bringing an authenticity rooted in the personal to bear on the conversation. It’s a beautifully written essay, its conflicted memories and ambivalent emotional responses refusing an easy narrative.