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Directing Act 5 Scene 2 Lines 63-179 of “The Taming of the Shrew”

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Directing Act 5 Scene 2 Lines 63-179 of "The Taming of the Shrew" I will be directing part of Act five scene two. This is the part where most of the main characters are all together and Petruchio shows all the other men that he has tamed Kate. All the men have a bet on whose wife is the most obedient. I have chosen to set my piece in the present time because I want the modern day audience to sympathise with both Katherina and Petruchio. I am going to set this in a stately home because the men will be playing cards and the women will be talking in a nearby room. The servants will be also playing cards because Biondello and Gremio are also good friends of their masters. The house will belong to Lucentio. I have chose to use a stately home because it is the closest thing to the type of housing and the class the people in the original play were set in. I thought that although the stately home is the closest thing to the original, the modern day audience would still be able to relate to the characters and settings a lot easier. The men will be dressed in casual suits with a loosened tie, to create the effect of the upper class relaxing with a few friends. ...read more.


As soon as the doors open and the audience see Kate I think that they would be very surprised and shocked, so I would make all the actors except Petruchio to faint to add a comical side to this instant. "What is your will, sir, that you send for me? Katherina would say this in a very delicate voice and whilst saying this she would curtsy. This would also be a shock to the audience because they are used to Kate being very forceful in her dialect and in her physical presence. "Go fetch them hither.... Bring them hither straight." Petruchio would say this in a very condescending manner to Kate. As soon as Petruchio has finished Kate abruptly rushes off to fetch the other women. "Here's a wonder, if you talk of a wonder." Lucentio says this in a very astounded way. He says this because he cannot believe what he is seeing, I would expect the audience to feel the same because throughout the play Kate has never done anything she did not wish to do. "Marry, peace it bodes.... sweet and happy." Petruchio is saying that Life with Kate is going to be a happy one; the audience have started to see that Petruchio loves Kate and did all those cruel things so that she could live in peace with him. ...read more.


I feel that at the start of this section I would want Kate to act this out like she is remembering how badly she used to treat everyone around her and this builds her up to a point were she is disgusted and she would show this by dragging the two wives up onto their feet and then saying the last part of this section in a calm yet censorious manor whilst giving the two wives scornful glances. "The vail your stomachs.... Your husband's foot" Kate is saying that even if you think it will degrade you, you should still do whatever your master desires. Whilst Kate is saying this she will act out her words by lying down on the floor near Petruchio and placing out her hands ready for her husband to walk on. By now the audience will have realised that Kate has been tamed and that she is willing to do anything Petruchio desires. "In token of which duty.... May it do him ease" Kate says this because she is basically saying that if he wishes to walk all over her, he may do so. Everyone in the room will be speechless, I will get the actors to either gasp or just have a blank expression on their faces. Also the cast and the audience will all now realise that the shrew has been tamed. Matthew Lloyd Page 1 ...read more.

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