Terri Paddock's platform discussion for the RSC's The Taming of the Shrew with Justin Audibert, Joan Iyiola & Dr Emma Whipday

WATCH: After #MeToo, should we stop staging The Taming of the Shrew?

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As the RSC’s latest staging of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrewhere’s a throwback to when Mate Terri Paddock chaired a fascinating panel discussion in Stratford-upon-Avon around the themes in the play and production.

I had a fabulous time in Stratford-upon-Avon seeing Justin Audibert’s re-gendered production of Shakespeare’s early “battle of the sexes” comedy The Taming of the Shrew (1591), set in a parallel Elizabethan universe where women are in charge.

Afterwards, I had the privilege of chairing a discussion about the play as part of the “Society and the Individual” series alongside the repertory season that also comprises Measure for Measure and As You Like It, performed by a cross-cast, gender-equal ensemble.

The event was entitled “The Taming of the Shrew: Kate & Petruchio in the age of #MeToo” and was advertised thus:

The #MeToo social media movement saw widespread reporting of sexual assault and harassment. In contrast, Elizabethan women were expected to submit to a ‘suitable’ marriage regardless of their feelings or ambitions. In our new production of The Taming of the Shrew, the genders are reversed, which allows a modern audience to question the balance of power between Petruchio and Kate, played by Claire Price (now PetruchiA) and Joseph Arkley.

For this dedicated panel discussion, I was joined by:

  • Justin Audibert – the production’s director and also now artistic director of London’s Unicorn Theatre
  • Joan Iyiola – an acclaimed actor who last year took the title role in The Duchess of Malfi at the RSC and who has also co-founded non-profit theatremaker continuing development organisation The Mono Box
  • Dr Emma Whipday – historian, Newcastle University lecturer in Renaissance literature, director and playwright

Now in London after its run in Stratford-upon-Avon and extensive tour, The Taming of the Shrew runs at the Barbican Theatre runs from 5 November 2019 to 18 January 2019.

Q&A video

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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.
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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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