Taming of the Shrew
So how do you take a play about taming a woman into a compliant wife and make it relevant for the 21st century? Easy, you get writer Rachael Longshaw-Park to write the script!
And then throw in the mix an all female cast and you have the perfect recipe for the perfect Ugly look at one of the Bard's funniest plays. We look at the courtship of Petruchio and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship; however, Petruchio "tames" her with various psychological torments, such as keeping her from eating and drinking, until she becomes a desirable, compliant, and obedient bride. And there's the competition between the suitors of Katherina's younger sister, Bianca, who is seen as the "ideal" woman.
But what is the ideal woman? Who better to tackle this question than women!
The question of whether the play is misogynistic or not has become the subject of considerable controversy, particularly among modern scholars, audiences, and readers.
The Ugly Shakespeare's all woman team takes on this challenge head on, unpacking the script and bringing our own hilarious, fast paced and Uglyfied version of this great play.
Rachael Longshaw-Park is a freelance theatre practitioner living and working in Auckland. Harking from England originally, Rachael moved to Aotearoa in 2006 and immediately fell in love with the artistic community. Most recently Rachael worked as assistant director on the Pop Up Globe’s season of Taming of the Shrew. Racheal regularly writes for Theatrescenes and this coming year Rachael will be a Script Advisor to Legacy Project, an LGBTQI+ development initiative, and lending her dramaturgical skills to an adaptation of the classic tale of Antigone.