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Haverhill drama group takes its new Shakespeare production on tour




The weirdest wedding ever, as Petruchio pretends to rescue his bride Katharina from her family. Left to right – Celia Bramwell, Imogen Annett, Cian Harriss, Jo Bytham, Steve Murray, Lorraine Mason and Emma Letcher. (3076466)
The weirdest wedding ever, as Petruchio pretends to rescue his bride Katharina from her family. Left to right – Celia Bramwell, Imogen Annett, Cian Harriss, Jo Bytham, Steve Murray, Lorraine Mason and Emma Letcher. (3076466)

The original Battle Of The Sexes takes place in and around Haverhill during the coming week as Outspoken Theatre Company stage Shakespeare’s outrageous comedy The Taming Of The Shrew at various open-air venues.

This is the group’s 17th summer Shakespeare tour and after a week in the Haverhill area, they return to Weymouth for their final performance, a trip they made three years ago with A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Taming Of The Shrew has a main storyline which can be controversial nowadays, because it shows a feisty woman being apparently ‘tamed’ by a man to become a docile wife.

But, being Shakespeare, there is a lot more going on than that, not only in the relationship between the ‘Shrew’ Katharina and her ‘tamer’ Petrucchio, but in the sub-plot of amorous intrigue, ridiculous disguises and mistaken identity.

Director David Hart said: “Every scene in this play is very funny, which you can’t say of all Shakespeare’s comedies.

"Of course there are issues now about Katharina’s submission at the end, but is she really that submissive? And what about the other new brides at the end of the play who are anything but obedient?”

The cast features many Outspoken Theatre regulars – Lorraine Mason as Katarina, Steve Murray as Petrucchio, Jane Baillie as Tranio, Cian Harriss as Hortensio and Alan Davison as Gremio. But there are newcomers too, including Celia Bramwell as Katharina’s long-suffering father Baptista, and Imogen Annett as Katharina’s supposedly meek and mild sister Bianca.

The play can be seen at the following venues (tickets generally available on the door): Saturday July 21 Hildersham Churchyard 7pm; Tuesday July 24 East Town Park 7.30pm; Wednesday July 25 Hundon Plough 7.30pm (pre-booking required by contacting the pub); Thursday July 26 Stoke by Clare Lion 7.30pm; Friday, July 27 Great Thurlow Hall 7.30pm. There are also performances in private gardens in Chevington on Sunday July 22 7pm and in Kedington on Monday July 23 7.30pm.



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