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A-level English & Drama Theatre Trip

Sixth formers studying English Literature and Drama spent an evening at the Barbican last night, watching Justin Audibert’s Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Taming of the Shrew. This Shakespeare comedy about wifely submission has miraculously continued to attract audiences for almost 430 years, despite its plot centring around the subjugation of Kate, the ‘Shrew’ of the title, through psychological and physical degradation.

This version of the play, however, was given a satisfying twist with the genders of almost all of the characters reversed. As well as being far more appealing to a 21st-century audience, this raised so many questions about not only gender, but comedy itself. The girls certainly left the theatre with plenty to think about before embarking on their studies of feminist literary criticism next week. Many thanks to Ms Fischer for organising the trip!