Fri 26th Apr 2019 - 9:30 pm
Sat 27th Apr 2019 - 9:30 pm
Sun 28th Apr 2019 - 8:30 pm
#8 will have you totally whelmed!!
10 things I Hate About Taming of the Shrew will take you back the good old days, when we worried about Y2K, wore butterfly clips in our hair, and became total babes the minute we took off our glasses.
And the even older days where we worried about the plague, wore massive wigs, and women weren't allowed to be on stage anyway.
10 Things I Hate About Taming of the Shrew is a theatrical, comedic, listicle romp through the world of teenage Shakespeare film adaptations, and their lasting impact on a generation. By examining the continuous re-tellings of the same stories from the original content aggregator himself, this show delves into our problematic, cinematic, very recent past. Expect plenty of deep dives even further back in time to see how old prejudices have new tricks, and totally bopping soundtracks!
Gillian English has been writing, performing and touring feminist solo work for the last six years. Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, now based in Hobart, Tasmania, she has been touring the world for the last two years. After spending the last six years focusing on comedy, Gillian suddenly remembered she had an MFA from LAMDA, and decided to put all that classical learning to work with her multi-award winning hit show “SHE WOLF”. Now she’s back again with “10 Things I Hate About Taming of the Shrew”.
“One of the things that continues to bother me the most, are how Shakespeare’s characters are treated as though they’re accurate representations of real people. Ophelia was not a real woman. Neither is Beatrice, Juliet, or Katherine; they are all fictious women, written by a man. And while Shakespeare may have been a master of word play, he was still a dude in the 1400s. When men insist on telling women’s stories for them, not only do they miss the point of telling a story, but they tell it wrong too.”
“10 Things I Hate About Taming of The Shrew” is to here to say: sometimes you can just be whelmed, but not at this show!
PAST AWARDS AND PRODUCTIONS
Winner - Most Outstanding Performance - Halifax Fringe 2018 -She Wolf
Winner - Fringe Hit Award - Halifax Fringe 2018 - She Wolf
Winner - Hot Ticket Award - Halifax Fringe 2018 -She Wolf
Winner - Sell Out Award - Halifax Fringe 2018 - She Wolf
Nominated – Best Comedy – Fringe World 2018 – Giant and Angry
Winner – Most Outstanding Performer – New Zealand Fringe Festival 2018 – She Wolf
Nominated – Best in Fringe – New Zealand Fringe Festival 2018 – She Wolf
Winner – Highly Recommended Show – Brighton Fringe Festival 2018 – She Wolf
Winner – Best Script – Montreal Fringe Festival 2018 – Giant and Angry
Nominated – Best Visual Identity – Montreal Fringe Festival 2018 – Giant and Angry
Highly Commended – Best Comedy – Adelaide Fringe 2016 – Drag Queen Stole My Dress
Nominated – Best Script – Montreal Fringe Festival 2014 – Drag Queen Stole My Dress
Winner – Audience Choice – New York Frigid Festival 2015 – Get Around Me
Winner – Audience Choice – New York Frigid 2013 – Love in the Time of Time Machines
Winner – Best of Fringe – New York Frigid 2013– Love in the Time of Time Machines
Winner – Best Visual Identity – Montreal Fringe 2013 – Love in the Time of Time Machines
Praise for Gillian English’s past work:
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The Age (Giant and Angry)
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐ - The Coast (She Wolf)
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 - TWISI (She Wolf)
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 - Gutter Culture (She Wolf)
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 - Weekend Notes (A Bitter Shrew)
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Gutter Culture (Giant and Angry)
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Fringe Feed (Giant and Angry)
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Perth Happenings (Giant and Angry)
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Weekend Notes (She Wolf)
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Broadway Baby (She Wolf)
Gillian English is my new favourite person. We have never met before but as soon as she stood on the makeshift stage at Belleville and roared her way into my life with her insistently angry comedy, I knew I had met my match. Viewer warning: If you have an undying love for Shakespeare than I do not recommend seeing her latest comedy 10 Things I Hate About Taming of the Shrew. Actually no I take that back, everyone should absolutely go and see this hilarious show.
From the moment Gillian introduced herself from behind us before she ran across the room for her “seam-less” stage entrance, this show already had me laughing. The amazing thing with comedies such as these, is that not only do they make you cry with laughter but they also leave you thinking. Gillian English is real, provokingly funny and bursting with loud, outrageous anger that she promises is her everyday demeanour. 10 Things I Hate About You, one of many 90s shakespearean remakes, was everybody’s favourite teeny bop drama but Gillian is ready to tear those Heath Ledger posters down and shake some sense into you with her electrifyingly clever list that compromises of reasons why Shakespeare was a bit of a douche.
Touching on topical issues about men, women, teenagers and violence this show should not be classed as simply an entertaining rant, but as an eye opening and thoughtfully hysterical approach to the idolisation of historical plays and their questionable contexts. A tremendously amusing approach that your high school english teachers may not appreciate, you will leave the theatre with a new sense of realisation about the demand for new female role models in the arts and the dire need for pockets in women’s jeans. It’s time to reconsider the stories we retell over and over again, and Gillian English is prepared to provoke just that. Loud, occasionally violent and with a bit of language that may not suit younger ears, 10 Things I Hate About Taming of the Shrew is a boisterous and side-splitting stand up production, and Gillian’s personality is stellar. Once again to all those hard core Shakespearean fans, I’m sorry but thou shalt not miss the chance to see this lively show.
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