n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - The Strange Couplings of Humour and Violence - review

Volume 31 Number 2018
  • ISSN : 1011-582X



This year’s annual production at Maynardville saw an all-female cast take on Shakespeare’s notoriously difficult comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, at a time when the #MeToo movement has made the pervasiveness of sexual violence a matter of urgent public debate. The complicity of ‘ordinary’ people in perpetuating patriarchal structures that demean and torment women has become glaringly visible and increasingly a source of outrage, and rightly so. Only the bravest and most skillful of ensembles would dare to make comedy out of this material.

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