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Shrews Rule!

5-28 May, Sydney.

The Taming of the Shrew by Sport for Jove

Australia’s most consistently fresh and vigorous producers of Shakespeare are remounting their 2011 production of The Taming of the Shrew, directed by company founder Damien Ryan.

Although this is one of Shakespeare’s earlier and arguably less sophisticated comedies, its centring on a question that has obsessed our society for centuries: why the relationship between men and women should be assumed to be a struggle for dominance. The play itself is not solvable, nor offering a solution, but it does make us consider – are we at our best or our worst when we are forced to fight for our identity? Its charismatic lead roles and effervescent comedy mean we keep being tempted to return to the puzzle.

I’ll let the company itself explain the concept:

“Sport for Jove’s world-class production won unanimous critical acclaim in its 2011/12 outdoor Summer Festival Season, where it was nominated for 5 Sydney Theatre Awards including Best Independent Production, Actor, Actress, Director and Design. It also rained. Rained a lot… So we are removing the weather as a factor and remounting this hugely successful production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew on the great Hollywood soundstages of the silent film era.

Shakespeare’s love stories challenge us very deeply. They tend to be models of disharmony and madness in which trust, patience and finally, hope, are only reached through chaos and pain. They are as troubling as they are funny, and as beautiful as they are disturbing. The Taming of the Shrew captures that paradox perfectly, among the most challenging, confronting and exuberant plays ever written.”

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May 5th – 7th at the Riverside Theatre Parramatta

May 19th – 28th at the Seymour Centre