No men in Taming of the Shrew on acid

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Prodigious all- female troupe Get Over It Productions are celebrating a DECADE in bed with the Camden Fringe!

This year their version of the Bard’s hardcore comedy, The Taming of the Shrew  (25-27 August at the Etcetera Theatre), is set in 1989 at the height of the rave culture and promises to be a Shrew like no other.

Founded by a group of core members in 2004 and headed by Paula Benson and Valenzia Spearpoint, Get Over It Productions are an ensemble of beautifully crafted women who hit the mark time and time again with productions steeped in the traditions of physical theatre and the avant-garde. Each of them armed with their own particular skill and dress size, they always conspire to create a unique theatrical feast.

They have been stalwarts of The Camden Fringe since its inception, specialising mainly in performing all-female versions of Shakespeare.

Artistic director Paula Benson, who is directing and acting in this production, said: “It’s all female, like all our productions are. We use abridged versions, or abridge them ourselves. We keep the language the same, we never change the language, but we set the productions in different periods or different styles. This year it is an Acid House Taming of the Shrew.”

Previous productions include; a Glam-Rock inspired Macbeth (The Roundhouse) a silent movie influenced Romeo and Juliet (Lion and Unicorn) and Victorian gothic The Tempest (The Cockpit/ Etcetera Theatre/Bread and Roses) to name but a few. They are also continuing to work with new writers and produce female-centric plays such as The Vagina Monologues and Nicholas Shelton’s Deathline.

Part of their process is to invite women, who are just embarking on their careers in performance, thus enabling them to experience their first foray into the professional arena.

Pictured below are Paula, assistant director Velenzia Spearpoint and Sass Clyde who appeared in her first show with Get Over It last year. Photograph by Shay Rowan.

Also returning to perform this year are Rhiannon Kelly, Cindy Evans, Joan Potter and Catherine Higgins.

Making their debuts with the company this year are the wonderfully talented Heather Warne, Emma Zadow, Isabella McGough, Lesley Hayes, Melanie Blake and Evelyn Craven.

For more details and tickets visit

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One Response to No men in Taming of the Shrew on acid

  1. Pingback: Shakespeare’s cross-dressing women in play discussing gender identity | Camdenvoyeur's Blog

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