Botanic Gardens, Albury

Fri, Sat February 22, 23, 2019

Fri, Sat March 1, 2, 2019



The Taming of the Shrew is more than a battle of the sexes, it comments on how society treats women like Katherina more harshly than men like Petruchio. Because she is outspoken and independent, Katherina will be called a “shrew”. Petruchio, who is also outspoken, will muddle his way through winning her love, completely accepted by society, despite his ludicrous actions. After testing each other’s boundaries, they will negotiate peace in their marriage because neither of them care about fitting in.

Luca and Traina will scheme to win Bianca’s love. Hortensio and Giuseppe will show exactly how little men know about impressing women. Baptista, Vincent and the Merchant will get muddled up in the plan of mistaken identity. While Maria and Bella will watch the story unfold with amusement, sometimes adding in their own mischief.

This production is a retelling of Shakespeare’s play – the language, characters and setting have been updated. The performance will be staged in-the-round, will be set in the 1950s and explore the theme of fitting in and fulfilling society’s expectations.


Katharina                    Kate Lewis

Petruchio                     Darby Quinlivan

Luca                              William Cochrane

Trania                           Andrina Dixen

Bianca                           Eryn Pollard

Baptista                        Anne Dobson

Hortensio                    Mark Oswald

Giuseppe                    Peter Uniacke

Maria                           Valerie Ratcliff

Vincent                       George Pender

Bella                              Abbey Bloye, Tara Swann

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