The Taming of the Shrew Review

The Taming of the Shrew
Lowry, Salford, Manchester

10-13 April 2013

Reviewed by Michelle Wright

Director: Edward Hall

William Shakespeare wrote The Taming Of The Shrew over 400 years ago – one of his earliest plays. It covers two major story lines of the tricking of a man called Sly into thinking he is a Lord, and the ‘taming’ of an ill-tempered woman known as Kate.

The all male cast of Propeller portray this play in a fabulous and entertaining manner.

In true Propeller style The Taming of the Shrew is shown in modern clothes, has twists on the original Shakespearean text and includes slap stick comedy; proving wrong anyone who thought Shakespeare was wholly serious and hard to follow.

Act One sets the story lines of finding a suitor for Bianca and shows the marriage of Petruchio (Sly) to Kate – the concept of marrying for money or marrying for love. Many of the characters creating constant laughs in the audience, but the atmosphere and intensity all changes as the play progresses. The first loved funny and charismatic Sly changes as the ‘taming’ of Kate by Petruchio progresses shown by torturing, starvation, and sleep deprivation. You can immediately feel the tension and a more solemn atmosphere in the audience.

The second act is noticeably more serious than the first, demonstrating that the torturing and obedience of Kate isn’t as funny today as it was in the time of Shakespeare.

The cast of Propeller are fabulous in particular Dan Wheeler as Doc Martin boot wearing punk Kate, Vince Leighs almost Swish Tony Sly / Petruchio and Arthur Wilson’s depiction of Bianca.

Finishing with a standing ovation from the audience, this is a must see production, and for me, Propeller are a Production Group to follow.

Rating: 5/5

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