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.Cofra 78881-000.W44 Work shoes, Cregan , Size 9.5, Black - EN safety certifiedMzq-yq Men's casual shoes spring and autumn thick sets of flat shoes comfortable middle-aged shoes a pedal lazy shoes soft and breathable.Merrell Men's Jungle Moc Waterproof Slip-On shoesLOWA, MARIE, GTX® LO Kids, girl's shoes, grey and mint.
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, Portable 10L Liter Car Heating and Cooling Box Hot and Cold Car Refrigerator Car Mini Refrigerator Family Car Small RefrigeratorHL-PYL Leather shoes New Korean Version Casual Low Business Englishis 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,LEFT&RIGHT Men's Mid Rise Casual shoes,Leather Sports And Outdoor Light Hiking Boot,Autumn Winter FootwearFuxitoggo Men's casual shoes for men Casual leather shoes for men and women (color Black, Size 38) 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, HENKELMAN Men's Lace-Up Flats Brown BrownPropet Men's Shield Walker Construction Boot, Black, 8.5 3E USthen 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 boneElten 71301-44 Size 44 ESD S3 Adviser Low Safety shoes - Multi-Colour,Converse 155081C bluee pro Blaze hi Unisex Kid shoes midSaucony Jazz Original Men, Suede, Low-top, 8.5 UK 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’. DANDANJIE Men's Boots Winter Retro Boots British Style Zip Martin shoes
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;FHCGMX Christmas Winter shoes Men Leather Snow Boots Boy Ankle Boots Anti-Skid Flat Platform shoes Man Booties Work shoesColumbia Men's Cascade Pass Waterproof Hiking 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.
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