A historic production of Shakespeare’s popular comedy, ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, is at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre this month, directed by Tara Notcutt and featuring an all-female cast and creative team.
Presented by Siv Ngesi and The Pink Couch, in association with Artscape, the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre Trust, and Liquidmatch Productions, ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ will be performed from February 7 until March 3, 2018.
Award-winning director Notcutt is making history with something never before seen on a South African stage: an all-female version of a Shakespeare play. She leads some of South Africa’s most celebrated actresses in a version of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ like it has never been seen before: a meeting of classic text with modern twists, including lip-synching, 90s fashion, and an all-female cast playing men and playing women, supported by an all-female creative team. Dara Beth (‘Nasty Womxn’, ‘Just a Song and a Dance’) is the assistant director.
‘The Taming of the Shrew’ is Shakespeare’s wonderful battle of the sexes. Matters of gender, marriage, and family come together in this dark comedy of Kate, a headstrong woman, and her tempestuous relationship with Petruchio, the man who is set on wooing and winning her. In the lead role of Kate is Alicia McCormick, Daneel van der Walt as Petruchio and Buhle Ngaba as Kate’s sister Bianca.
Says Notcutt: “I am honoured to be directing my first Shakespearean play at Cape Town’s iconic Shakespearean venue. This historic production is a first, featuring an all female cast and team, while at the same time, honouring the vision of Maynardville’s founders – to present world-class productions of Shakespeare’s plays in the magic of an open-air venue. It is fitting that ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ was the first play presented at Maynardville, and now it is taking us into the next era.”
Notcutt’s directing credits include the international touring hit play ‘…miskien’, ‘Mafeking Road’, ‘Undermined’ and the cult political satirical thriller ‘The Three Little Pigs’.
The Maynardville Open-Air Festival 2018 is a brand new festival of music, dance and more. Catch performances by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cape Town City Ballet, a comedy season and a variety of Cape Town’s top performing artists.