Taming of the Shrew

14/10/2015 – 24/10/2015

Year
2015
Abstract

MUSC’s The Taming of the Shrew

Melbourne University Shakespeare Company presents:
The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

Far from the roll in the hay that people expect of Shakespearean comedies, this Taming of the Shrew will draw attention to cycles of violence, manipulation and nepotism that still exist in so many homes across Australia. It may not be the Shrew we deserve, but it’s the one we need right now.

Five suitors compete for the hand (and love) of the two Minola sisters. One is a vision of beauty and modesty, the other a fiery shrew. Both are filthy rich.

The suitors pull out all the stops to win over the stoic Mother-in-Law and get the girl: flattery, disguises, bribes, even a bit of violence, psychological torture and starvation.

Who will come out on top? Who’s laughing now?

A new adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew, which interrogates the power hierarchies of domestic relationships, fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, alpha and beta.

Cast
Petruchio: Lewis McDonald
Katerina: Amelia Burke
Lucentio: Oscar Shaw
Bianca: Bridie Pamment
Baptista: Genevieve Cassin
Grumio: Liam Bellman-Sharpe
Tranio: Jordan Peters
Hortensio: Lachlan Watts
Gremio: Aram Geleris
Curtis: Bridget Sweeney
Widow: Alexandra Turnbull
Vincentio: Andy Roestenberg
Crew
Director: Fiona Spitzkowsky
Assistant Director: Declan Mulcahy
Producer & Front of House Manager: Matilda Houlihan
Production Manager: Sunday Sommerfeld
Stage Manager: Ayu Maylinda
Assistant Stage Manager: Sophie Buntine
Set Designer: Gabrielle Lewis
Lighting Designer: Jaiden Leeworthy
Lighting Assistant: Rémy Chadwick
Costume Designer: Bec Poynton
Publicity: Eunice Chuang & Karen Ong
Consulting Director/Dramaturg: Matilda Dixon-Smith