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THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (article first published : 2008-02-28)

William Shakespeare’s comedy The Taming of the Shrew will be presented at the Hexagon Studio Theatre in Pietermaritzburg from March 5 to 7.

How far should a wife be obedient to her husband? This very funny take on the way men and women relate to one another raises ideas that are just as contentious today as they were when Shakespeare’s play was written. While the setting in Padua, Italy, has not been changed to Tshwane, South Africa, this fast-paced, ‘in-the round’ production humorously explores the relevance of the play’s themes to our lives here today.

The play is directed by Diana Wilson who produced an all-women version of Shakespeare’s As You Like It in the same venue three years ago. Her recent productions include Sam Shepard’s Geography of a Horse Dreamer and last year’s successful musical Love Crime and Johannesburg. The cast are all post-graduate students of the UKZN (Pietermaritzburg) Drama Department and includes Arifani Moyo (last seen in Durban in Ashwin Singh’s To House), Jackie Keevy, Sne Makanya, Louise Buchler and Mlondi Zondi.

Performances of The Taming of the Shrew take place from March 5 to 7 at 19h00 at the Hexagon Studio Theatre on the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Tickets R30 (R25 student/senior concessions) booked on 033 260 5537 or email hexagon@ukzn.ac.za




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