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.Women's Summer Cool Sling Back Sandals, 10cm Pointed Toe Patent Leather Pumps, Fashion Sexy Stiletto shoesASHIJIN Womens Cross Section color Bow Tie Bags Retro Large Capacity Zipper Buckle Shoulder Messenger Bag.Lucksender Womens Closed Round Toe Platform High Chunky Heel Frosted PU Solid Mary Jane Pumps Whith CharmsKenneth Cole REACTION Womens SLAB A DAB Suede Split Toe Casual, Black, Size 6.0.
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, Women's Closed Toe Platform Ankle Boots Side Zipper Retro Chunky Block Heel Booties Short Dressy BootsJaHGDU Fashion Women Sandals Summer Boom shoes Flat Rivets White Solid color Roman Casual Convenient Comfort Daily Beach Soft Sandalsis 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,Marited Yellow Ladies Clogs Sandals Natural Leather and Wooden Sole and HeelWTKRSM Women's Lace Wedge Sandals Open Toe Fashion Trend Sandals 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, Lin-House New Pointed Toe Transparent Block High Heels Stain Yellow PumpsRAINIE002 Sandals Style Sexy 16Cmwomen Sandals High Heels Open Toe Buckle Nightclub shoes Black Big Size 34-46then 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 boneOne shoes Two Women's Sandals 2019 Summer New Hollow Pointed Stiletto high Heel Fashion Sandals Women,C,US5 EU35 UK3 CN34,QMFUR Women Real Fox Fur Slippers Lady Fashion Multicolor Fur Black Glod Silver Sole Slipper True Fox Fur (11, Black-K)Laolaooo shoes Women's Zipper High-Heels Microfiber Solid Low-top Boots 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’. JOYBI Women's Ankle Strap Wedges Sandals Open Toe Summer Casual Non Slip Comfortable Espadrilles Platforms Sandal
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;YANJK Women's high Heels Sexy Pointed Party Dress Bridesmaid Dance shoes Wedding shoesJhdnhse Genuine Leather Women Sandals Summer Sweet Women Flats Heel Sandals Ladies 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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