The Chiltern Shakespeare Company recently performed The Taming of the Shrew at Beaconsfield’s Hall Barn. HELEN SENDALL reviews the show
OCAL theatre does not get any better than this! Hall Barn in Beaconsfield was the idyllic setting for this energetic, witty and visually beautiful outdoor production of Taming of the Shrew by the Chiltern Shakespeare Company.
It cracks along at a rollicking pace and is utterly captivating from start to finish.
The striking set of an Italian piazza is adorned with pillars, a fountain, a trompe l’oeil of Padua and beautiful plants and benches, a perfect backdrop for the sumptuous and, at times, amusing costumes.
Emily Taylor-Callingham shines as the fiery, hot-blooded and misunderstood Kate. She storms onto the scene and drags us kicking and screaming on her journey, her expressive face capturing everything from indignant rage to great tenderness.
Jamie Kwasnik was impressive as the deliciously arrogant Petrucio, delighting us with his absurd mood swings, childish petulance and bewildering energy as he willfully attempts to tame his shrew. The Chiltern Shakespeare Company performed The Taming of the Shrew at Hall Barn
Jean Warner as Grumio along with the rest of Petrucio’s servants are a joy to watch and provide many of the play’s greatest laughs. But the entire ensemble worked seamlessly as a team to bring one of Shakespeare’s more thought-provoking plays into glorious light.
A special mention to the talented Suzie McPherson who, as well as her vivacious portrayal of Biondello, choreographed all of the movement, fights and lively tussles.
This was a fast-paced, highly physical and comedic production and was definitely one not to be missed.