Shakespeare at the Hexagon

2008-03-04 00:00

SHAKESPEARIAN theatre is back in the city, with the Hexagon Theatre presenting The Taming of the Shrew from this Wednesday until Friday.

Directed by Diana Wilson, the play focuses on the way men and women relate to each other. Coincidentally, the play highlights the manner in which prospective husbands would “negotiate” with a possible father-in-law, much like some South African cultures do for lobola.

The production has a modern, distinctly South African twist about it, with colloquial terms interspersed with Shakespeare’s original language, although the setting of the narrative remains the original Italian town of Padua.

The actors are all post-graduate students at UKZN (Pietermaritzburg), and include Arifani Moyo, Jackie Keevy, Sne Makhanya, Louise Buchler, Julie Graham, Cara Munroe and Mlondi Zondi.

They are well cast to produce a humorous and entertaining production that addresses the challenges of communication in contemporary life. It is presented in a near “theatre-in-the-round” setting so the audience feel very much part of the action.

Audiences can also look forward to a most peculiar start to the play, as the humourous production starts off in fine style.

Wilson, who directed an all-women version of Shakespeare’s As You Like It in the same venue three years ago, counts productions like Sam Shepard’s Geography of a Horse Dreamer and last year’s successful musical Love, Crime and Johannesburg among her recent productions.

Tickets are R30 for adults and R25 for students and senior concessions. For bookings, phone: 033 260 5537 or e-mail

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