As all the world’s a stage, so San Anton Gardens will once again be transformed into a theatre for the Malta Amateur Dramatics Club’s annual Shakespeare performance.
In fact, rehearsals are already underway for the retelling of the Bard’s The Taming of the Shrew, which will be staged from 14-23 July and directed by the renowned Polly March.
TOTS is one of Shakespeare’s best-known comedies, although it does have its darker moments. The main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio and Katherina – the headstrong, obdurate shrew. “Katherina maybe be an unwilling participant in the relationship but Petruchio ‘tames’ her with a variety of psychological torments until she becomes a desirable, compliant, and obedient bride,” says Polly. “The challenge we’re facing is how best to alter the perception that this play is, at its darkest, about spousal abuse. This is a love story, about two people who find their match – and their equal – in each other.”
Of course, The Taming of The Shrew is also a farce. “In it Shakespeare is showing us up for what we are, or what we could be,” continues the director. “The audience is not meant to take the situation seriously. It’s commedia.”
The cast is also rising to the challenge of treading this delicate balance. It includes Philip Leone Ganado, Becky Camilleri, Tina Rizzo, Gianni Selvaggi, Alex Gatsy Lewis, Laura Best and Jonathan Dunn. Music on the night will be performed by young saxophonist Samuel Mallia, which promises to be another highlight of this delightful evening under the stars.
“We are thrilled to return to be returning to San Anton Palace with another Shakespeare production,” says MADC artistic director Marylu Coppini. “This is an important annual tradition for the club and one that has been taking place, in one form or another, for over 60 years. It has become part of the MADC’s identity, as well as a source of inspiration for the acting members of the club that provides an undeniable theatrical benchmark for them to aspire to.
“The Taming of the Shrew was a great choice for this year because it is firm favourite among Shakespeare’s comedies. The Club has already produced it on numerous occasions, in 1972, 1989 and 2005, so 2017 marks another exciting milestone in our history of producing it!”
The Taming of the Shrew will take place at San Anton Gardens in Attard from 14-23 July. Tickets are available online at www.madc.com.mt