Stroppy bearded Kate – Taming of the Shrew for Shakespeare beginners

Forbes Masson (Katherine)

Forbes Masson (Katherine)

Bearded beauties in Elizabethan dresses and
bosomed machos in business suits, two youngsters with what you’d call challenging behaviour finding love at last –

Katy Stephens (Petruchio)

Katy Stephens (Petruchio)

that’s how
children aged 8-13 around the country can experience their first encounter with Shakespeare.

 

 

Director Michael Fentiman’s team develop fireworks of slapstick around Shakespeare’s banter whilst
unfolding the storyline in a way that their young
audience has no problems following, even if they “couldn’t get all the words”, as a young boy put it in the post-show workshop. “I completely forgot that they were wearing the wrong clothes”, that’s what really amazed one of the girls.

Forbes Masson is a fierce and at the same time touching Katherine, a lost soul of the kind you’ll find in many a classroom.
Katy Stephens gives her Petruchio the impetuosity of male adolescence, mixed with lingering grief.

Anjana Vasan (Tranio) and Chris Jared (Bianca)

Anjana Vasan (Tranio) and Chris Jared (Bianca)

Chris Jared is a really sweet Bianca and Baptista here turns out as an exhausted matriarch, gracefully played by David Fielder.

David Fielder (Baptista)

David Fielder (Baptista)

Enchanting: Anjana Vasan as Traiano and Mimi Ndwina as Lucentio, their facetious interaction is a sheer joy to watch. Quite lordly, Ann Penfold as Gremio and  well done Caroline Faber (poor Hortensio).

Anjana Vasan (Tranio)

Anjana Vasan (Tranio)

As a first introduction to the Bard, this abridged version of the play has a lovely teaser effect and quite clearly conveys the message: “There’s lots of fun to be had with Shakespeare.”

http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/first-encounter-taming-of-the-shrew/

after Stratford-upon-Avon next in Canterbury, Bradford, Blackpool, Leicester and Newcastle-under-Lyme

Photos by Simon Annand / RSC

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