The Taming of The Shrew, Norwich

Crude Apache attacks The Taming of The Shrew — Shakespeare's controversy of the sexes — with a vigour that warms your heart as darkness falls and the air grows colder.

By CHRISTOPHER SMITH

Crude Apache attacks The Taming of The Shrew — Shakespeare's controversy of the sexes — with a vigour that warms your heart as darkness falls and the air grows colder. Perhaps a little more grace, a touch more elegance would not come amiss in the romance, but energy and commitment are good substitutes.

These qualities come above all from Leighton Williams' Petruchio. With the limbs of a spider, a hairstyle borrowed from a thistle, he attacks difficulties with a brave heart and a character several degrees above proof.

Panda is a contrast who, of course, becomes a match, a rare round-bundled spite who uses her fists and knees as well as her tongue.

Some of the dialogue could do with a bit more of projection in this open air production but the five piece band adds what becomes the essential musical dimension.

t Further free performances take place around Norwich and near-by towns this month.