There are scenes where the relationships between Katherina and Bianca are clearly shown through Ball`s means and methods, which are to input comedy in the act and to exaggerate each movement. It is difficult to express the descriptions of characters on a stage with only normal motions, because of the distance to the audience. Ball is a theatre director, and makes use of the features in a theatre play. One of the scene is where Bianca`s suitors and schoolmasters come to visit her house. They witness Katherina, chasing and striking poor Bianca. Bianca begs Katherina’s pardon. In this part, Katherina is characterized as rebellious and un-submissive. One of Bianca`s suitors, Gremio, describes her, “She`s too rough for me.” (p.16) On the other hand, Bianca is shown as a well behaved and obedient character. Lucentio, who falls in love with Bianca, describes her, “Sacred and sweet was all I saw in her” (p.20) when he first meets her. In this production, the scene where Katherina strikes Bianca is expressed using a slapstick. The reason why it is being used in the play is that Ball wants to express it in a comedy touch, and to also use sight and sound effects to exaggerate. The decision of... [continues]
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