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Taming of the Shrew
First Performed Autumn 2014
A topsy, turvy examination of gender roles, marriage and oppression
The relationship between Catherine and Petruchio is a case in point – her confrontational and unrestrained behaviour is appalling, but his approach of “breaking her in” is even more so. The chauvinistic Man-as-Master ideology paraded in this play and the glib indifference of a patriarchal society to a woman’s (violent) subjugation is rife with controversy and rich pickings for a company that prides itself on its ‘unusually thoughtful’ treatment of power asymmetries (Penelope Woods in Shakespeare in & out of Africa). This show has been performed by two casts.
'If festivals should stretch audience and subject alike, Two Gents Productions’ snappy two-hander certainly did that' - The York Press
'Here is a performance that will not let you sit idly by. There is no safety in the stalls; Shakespeare has been unleashed' - Unknown Magazine
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