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Sport for Jove Theatre Co presents: The Taming of the Shrew

Photo by Marnya Rothe.

Sydney’s Sport for Jove Theatre is a repertory company with a long history of producing innovative interpretations of classic dramas and comedies. This Autumn the award winning team is reviving its exciting and inspiring reimagining of The Taming of the Shrew.

The play is one of Shakespeare’s lesser known works, but despite its obscurity, it is as poetically written and well structured as any of the familiar tragedies.

The ‘shrew’ of the title is intended to be a bad tempered woman. However, the idea of ‘bad tempered’ can also be seen from some perspectives as simply assertive. In this love story, the ‘shrew’ is a woman who speaks her mind. One who challenges the role imposed by her misogynistic society. She not only challenges the idea of ‘female’ but the power structure of the community in which she lives.

As such, this is a play which resonates with modern audiences. The examination of money, greed, family, gender roles, and outspokenness is perhaps more relevant today than it was in the playwright’s era.

The Sport for Jove ensemble have the wit, the judgement and the artistic spirit which suits The Taming of the Shrew. Their long experience with the bard ensures that their handling of this humorous yet pointed satire will be adept and adventurous whilst maintaining its original flavour.

This is sure to be a season which transcends time to produce an intriguing and contemporary piece which will echo long after the final curtain falls. (LR)

This production will have a short run at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre this weekend before returning mid-May at the Seymour Centre in Chippendale.

May 5–7, various show times. Riverside Theatre, cnr Church and Market Streets, Parramatta. $25-$39. Tickets & info: sportforjove.com.au

May 19–28, various show times. York Theatre at the Seymour Centre, cnr City Road and Cleveland Street, Chippendale. $35-$42. Tickets & info: sportforjove.com.au

 

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