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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.Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 PrintDanner Men's Lookout Side-Zip 8 Black Military & Tactical Boot.Adidas - Samba Classic J Kids Football shoes In Black Running White, Size 2 UK, color Black Running WhiteCarhartt Men's CMF6366 6 Inch Composite Toe 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, To Boot New York Men's Barbados Fisherman SandalNike Mens Air Force 1 Print High shoes Black White Beige (11 D(M) US)is 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,IGI CO 11089 Mens Lace UPSCLARKS Men's Tilden Way Penny Loafer, Black Leather, 11.5 Medium US 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, Danner Men's Vital Snake Boot 17 Skechers Work Telfin Penticton ESD Alloy Safety Toe Mens High Top 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 boneJohnston & Murphy Mens Bradford Dress Cap Toe Oxford,NIKE - Lebron Witness II - 942518100 - color Black-White - Size 13.0Ariat Men's Workhog Mesteno Wide Square Composite Toe Work Boot 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’. Fila Men's Memory TKO TR 5.0 Wide Trail Running shoes, Castlerock Dark Shadow Vibrant orange, 10 US

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;Salewa Men's Wildfire GTX Approach shoesIrish Setter Men's 83624 6 Steel Toe Work Boot 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,Rocky Men's Mobilite Six Inch Steel Toe Work 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,KEEN Utility Men's La Conner ESD Industrial shoesON Men's Cloud Sneaker (13 M US, All White) before flouncing offstage.Skechers USA Men's Milton Ankle Bootie,Black,9 M US 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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The Alias team, however, seems to be back together. Malcolm gets Trish’s permission to see Jessica’s background on Sallinger – rightly held up by the increasingly hilarious and competent Gillian (Aneesh Sheth, the season’s MVP so far) – and begins tracing the killer, while Jessica( Krysten Ritter) and Trish (Rachael Taylor) head out of town to see if they can turn up information about Sallinger’s early kills, in the hope that he will have been more careless with them.Rocky Men's Rks0274 Hiking BootCaterpillar Men's Pelton Steel Toe Industrial and Construction shoes On the way Jessica encounters prejudice from a small-town police officer (Mary B. McCann), and Trish stages a hilarious meltdown in her car as a distraction while Jessica steals case files (‘I psychologically cannot cope’; ‘I’m so triggered right now!’). But they track down a lead to the disappearance of Sallinger’s high school wrestling partner, Nathan.

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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,Nike Mens PG 1 Basketball shoesDr. Comfort Men's Performance Black Grey Diabetic Athletic shoesHugo Boss Men Belair_Tenn_grpl SneakerTerra Men's Barricade 6 Metguard Composite Toe Insulated Waterproof Puncture Resistant Industrial 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, Dr. Martens Unisex Caspian Alternative BootDanner Men's Vicious 4.5 Brown orange Nmt Work Bootand 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.

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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.ECCO Men's Cool 2.0 Leather Gore-Tex Fashion SneakerAriat Men's Circuit Stride Work Boot 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, Salomon Men's Deemax 3 TS Waterproof Snow 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) –PIKOLINOS Men's Bermeo M0M-4255 Oxford 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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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.NIKE Men's Tanjun Racer Running shoes (11.5 D(M) US, bluestery Sail Volt) 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.

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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,Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Road v5 Cycling-Footwear, Black Shadow Grey, 49 EU 14 M US 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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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.