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THE TAMING OF THE SHREW in Cardiff, Feb 11-15th

January 31, 2014
11th-15th February 2014, YMCA Theatre

Act One, Cardiff University’s drama society, is performing a unique interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic, The Taming of the Shrew this February at the YMCA theatre in Cardiff. Set in a 1960s office space, the adaptation presents a world where men make the rules and women struggle to fit in at all.

Pitched by director Sophie Hayden as “Mad Men meets Shakespeare,” it is an interesting rendition of the story with the city of Padua altered to become Padua Ltd, run by tired and weary CEO Baptista Minola. His youngest daughter Bianca is fought over by a hoard of suitors but the old man will not sanction a wedding until his vile tempered older daughter Katherina finds a man. This proves tough as her wicked tongue repels any potential husbands.

Travelling salesman Petruchio arrives and, with his vulgar wit, finally overcomes the wilful Katherina. She is pushed into marrying him and the relationship descends into a battle of the sexes. Petruchio’s cruel taunts and pranks break her fiery resolve down, culminating in a disturbing ending, problematic to modern audiences.

The talented cast presents an array of farcical characters, with the suitors in particular creating a highly entertaining and amusing story. However, there is a sinister undercurrent, which will both move and disturb the viewer.

Act One has become renowned for their distinctive Shakespeare interpretations, adapting the classic texts to modern and diverse settings. After the success of Julius Caesar last year, there is a real buzz around the upcoming production of The Taming of the Shrew

Tickets are available on the door or from http://www.cardiffstudents.com/actone. Adults: £7, Students: £6

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