The Taming of the Shrew Review 2014
“On Sunday 10 August Martineau Gardens played host to Folksy Theatre’s marvellous production of William Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. Utilising the children’s play area to the full, the young cast of fine actors (most playing more than one part), treated the audience to a performance full of energy fun and verve, not to mention the use of quirky props of every description. The audience were intimately involved and enchanted as every raised eyebrow and comic pose brought a laugh, as the manipulations of the various characters were revealed during Petruchio’s wooing of Kate. Indeed my grey cap featured in several scenes whilst one ‘lucky’ young lady was taken from her seat to be serenaded on ‘stage’.
The very informal nature of the production fitted in perfectly with the relaxed atmosphere and staging provide by the gardens. Cover against the very real threat of rain was provided by the marquee adorned by a variety of picnic hampers, collapsible seats and cool boxes overflowing down the sides of the arena. In the end even ‘Hurricane Bertha’ decided to behave which capped a great occasion where the audience were thoroughly entertained by this very funny production. A triumph for all involved and one I especially enjoyed as it was my birthday treat!”
Please do check back to our What’s On Pages to find out details of 2015’s production from Folksy Theatre here at Martineau Gardens