The Taming of the Shrew
Masterclass: Comic Stage Combat
“Why, and I trust I may go too, may I not? What,
shall I be appointed hours; as though, belike, I
knew not what to take and what to leave, ha?”
WORKSHOP 1 – 14th April
First readthrough and discussions.
Topics explored included:
Kate and Pertruchio
The Sly scenes
Tranio as the lead
The sex in 2:1
Forms of Comedy in the play
Is it a love story?
Money, money, money
Is there a better way to tame a shrew?
Characters as characters – who’s pretending?
Kate’s final speech
WORKSHOP 2 – 28th April
Masterclass: Comic stage violence – Matt Gardner
Teaching or refreshing slaps, kicks, knees, punches, stamps and head-butts and then testing them against the play. Is a kick to the groin funny in itself? Is there a way to sell violence for laughter? Is bigger or smaller better?
“She is my goods, my chattels, she is my house,
My household stuff, my field, my barn,
My horse, my ox, my ass, my anything.
And here she stands, touch her whoever dare.”
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