Past Productions

From the Director's Chair

The Shrew is a fascinating play, with depths that often bemuse and baffle the modern audience.  Kate is one of the strongest and most vital women in Shakespeare's works, yet she undergoes a complete transformation by the end of the play.  How seriously did Shakespeare intend us to take this lesson in handling an independent woman, and how can we deal with this with our different perceptions today?

I was lucky to have a very strong pairing - Mark Wright and Kate Kavanagh - to play Petruchio and Kate, and an experienced and talented backup cast behind them.  Being in the Village meant we could make the most of the Christopher Sly scenes, there being no real barrier btween the audience and the players.  This was also the first season 'on tour'; although we had done a couple of performances away from Little Woodham before, this was our first attempt at spreading our wings.  The cast's ability to turn up at a venue, take a five-minute look around, and then go on and perform superbly was a joy to behold.  Another good year for the Villagers, and a good step forward for the future.

July 21st-24th Little Woodham
July 25th Holly Cottage, Funtley
July 26th Soberton Heath Village Hall
July 27th Wickham Vineyard

Christopher Sly Ian Wheeler
Hostess Glyn Wright
Lord Amy O'Toole
Page, Huntsmen & Servants Rob Bartlett, Ian Wright, Stefan Charidge, David Press
Baptista Minola Stefan Charidge
Emilia Minola Sarah Bullman
Katharina Katherine Kavanagh
Petruchio Mark Wright
Grumio Ian Wright
Curtis Ian Wheeler
A Tailor Glyn Wright
Bianca Katherine Harris
Gremio James Doyle
Hortensio Stewart Taylor
Lucentio Rob Spraggs
Tranio David Press
Biondello David Wright
Vincentio Amy O'Toole
A Pedant of Mantua Rob Bartlett
A Widow Jane Press
Musicians Anna Bell (Clarinet), John Shillitoe (Fiddle), Sancha Simpson-David (Flute), Ted Fitzgerald (Guitar), Richard Eyley (Trumpet)

Director James Doyle
Publicity Carol Hicks
Costumes Jean Bowyer, Kate Strong
Stage Management Austin Hicks
Music Direction Ted Fitzgerald

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