The Taming of the Shrew

Date 1st August 2014
Society Eastbourne Operatic & Dramatic Society
Venue The Italian Gardens Eastbourne
Type of Production Play
Director Cathryn Parker


Author: Brenda Gower

The Italian Gardens are such a splendid setting for all EODS eagerly looked forward to summer productions and this play was certainly no exception.  The amazing structure of steps and arches gave an immediate impression of a country house set in beautiful grounds and the seating arrangements for the whole audeince made it possible for everyone to see what was going on and even to be involved, to the extent that Dave Nichols, the unsavoury beggar Christoper Sly delighted in engaging the audience in true drunken fashion which resulted in much entertainment.  Katharine, the very strong willed Shrew gave a very lively performance.  Claire Robinson threw herself (literally sometimes!) into this demanding role.  Her sister Bianca (a shared role between Jessica Sabor and Charlotte Durbridge) was the complete antithesis - a delightful and obedient daughter to their father, Baptista Minola (or so it seemed).  Baptista was played by Tony Bannister to great effect. Simon Hellyer as Petruchio gave everything that was needed for the role - an excellent performance.There are a good many characters in The Shrew, so the programme notes were very helpful, making it clear as to the action of the players in relation to one another.  All the supporting roles (whether large or small) were very well carried out.  The costumes, makeup, lighting and sound all added to the overall excellence and enjoyment of this production as did the usual and very welcome refreshments provided by EODS members.  The programme was well laid out, including a lot of interesting information. The whole business of setting a production in a site such as this is mind boggling - so many people involved in getting all that was needed down there, setting up, site sitting and the rest.  Many congratulations to all, especially Director Cathryn Parker.