Wed 9th – Sat 12th May 2012


“What does it mean to be a wife, or a husband?”





Reverend Productions


Tamings: The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed

www.wegottickets.com/f/4339 - £7 / £5 concessions

Set in the radical cultural shifts between the 50s and 60s, Tamings is a production in two halves. The first is Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, the second, in direct response, is John Fletcher’s The Tamer Tamed. The Taming of the Shrew, set in the 1950s, sees Katherina, a ‘shrewish’ woman, raucously subdued and oppressed by her husband Petruchio, in which Shakespeare raises questions about the duties of a wife, and the responsibilities of a husband. The Tamer Tamed, set ten years later in the revolutionary 1960s, sees Maria, Petruchio’s new wife, turn the tables upon her husband in which she decides to give him a taste of his own medicine.

Simultaneously hilarious and thought provoking, this innovative and modern production reveals that ultimately, for both men and women, it is never easy to negotiate the power balance in love and marriage, whatever era one is in. What does it mean to be a wife, or equally a husband? Who must submit to whom, and who has the power? All one can aim for is a sense of humour and, as Maria’s epilogue tells us, to achieve ‘due equality and …to love mutually.'

Admission: £7(£5)

Keble O'Reilly

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