Directed by Robin Norton Hale
Set and Costume Design by Cherry Truluck
“Robin Norton-Hale’s production, set in Cherry Truluck’s wonderful south London market street somewhere in a mythical ‘Brixton’, cleverly builds on Shakespeare and exposes that postcodes, economics and love interests are not obstacles at all but catalysts that form a productive tension in new and prosperous ‘mixed marriages’.
Cherry Truluck’s costume designs are inventive in allowing each of the characters to work through their many emotional states as they pitch and pull competitively for their ‘prize’, Bianca. With references to ‘beatnik’ fashion (as seen in Hortensio’s disguise) and to the 1970s, ultimately the costumes evoke the robust hit-and-miss festival of young attraction and love in which all the characters participate. “ Josey De Rossi – Fringe Review 2011
“All in all, this updated version of the play works well and the detailed market stall set is also very impressive. Funny, innovative and mercifully cringe-free, in Southwark Playhouse’s capable hands, the Bard does seem to be at home in modern day Brixton.” Catherine Usher – The Stage 2011
“Designer Cherry Truluck has created a playing space on a diagonal with the audience on three sides around it that keep the action up close and intimate.” Howard Loxton – British Theatre Guide 2011
“The modernisation sees us located in 21st century Brixton… And in Cherry Truluck’s cluttered market stall design, there’s a raft of amusing little touches.” There Ought to be Clowns 2011
“Cherry Truluck’s design transports us to a London market.” Catherine Love – The Public Reviews 2011