20th - 30th March 2019
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WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCES
A NEW VERSION BY JO CLIFFORD
Petruchio is a woman who isn’t afraid of a challenge. Which is just as well because her latest task is to tame a beautiful but waspish boy called Kate. But Kate isn’t going to make it easy for her… Has Petruchio bitten off more than she can chew?
Jo Clifford has exploded Shakespeare’s contentious classic to create a raucous and riotous new play which invites us to imagine a world in which women hold all the power. Exploring gender, identity and power this is The Taming of the Shrew for our times.
Do you still think men are fit to govern us?
And after centuries of misuse, misuse from them,
Thousands upon thousands of years
Years of injustice, oppression, ill treatment, suffering
So we hardly dare imagine any other way,
What shall we do? Shall we be nice?
We must be strong. And in the end
We’ll tame them, every single one.
Written by Jo Clifford
Directed by Michael Fentiman
Image credit: Chris Lloyd