Monday, October 31, 2016

Katherina In Souliloquy.

Katherina In Souliloquy from In Souliloquy on Vimeo.

This Kate knows well the value of her kisses.

Katherina In Souliloquy by Tilly Lunken
After William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew
Directed by Victorine Pontillon and performed by Annie Mackenzie.

Katherina in the play is full of great dramatic juxtaposition, but her choices are taken away from her - possibly the only active choice she makes is to marry Petruchio. Certainly, she is tricked and coerced into it but she willingly agrees to the match. She is then resoundingly abused into a submissive wife, an echo of what her husband wants her to be. I is as if there is no choice here or in her speech at the end.

Our Kate takes control back of that final speech, in that it is her decision to submit and fall into the 'simple wife' role because she knows the man she married won't actually like that and soon enough she can become her true rebel self.

Katherina was an interesting one to write because her first incarnation was very angry at Petruchio, defiant and understandably cross about her treatment in the play. It took a director (Victorine) to point at the undercurrent of love in the play and use that as motivation for Kate. I think this gives her depths not seen before, her anger is there yes - but this is about more than that. It's about her wants and needs and her future.

Annie captures a quiet strength, we see her love shine - but there is going to be no compromise on her part if her husband doesn't change.

Incidentally this was especially a fun one to write because of the excellent production at The Globe (programmed by Emma Rice). The performances of the two leads in that were so good and really reinforced how right the redrafted version of our Katherine was.

Emilia In Souliloquy.

Emilia In Souliloquy from In Souliloquy on Vimeo.

Emilia can't ever forget and she will never forgive.

By Tilly Lunken
After William Shakespeare’s Othello
Emilia In Souliloquy was directed by Victorine Pontillon for Cycle Two of In Souliloquy. It was performed by Shannon Howes. 

Emilia in the play has loud voice but it goes unheard and is often dismissed. She ends up being murdered by her husband Iago to silence her and stop her revealing his plots. Our Emilia is defiant in death and full of anger at what happened to her and her friend at the hands of the people they trusted to love and to hold.

She is such a force and we stand with her and her rage at injustice, only for then to pull back and watch as she admits her ultimate regret that leaves her stranded from heaven. Her faith betrayed her yes, but it is her very own self that she blames the most.

It's a vulnerable (and tightly balanced) performance. She might be there in black and white but the morality of her situation is anything but. 

In Souliloquy is co-devised and produced by Tilly Lunken and Victorine Pontillon.