Tuesday, 4 August 2009

War Horse – A truly inspirational theatre production

The production is based on the novel by Micheal Morpurgo, the plot based at the outbreak of World War One tells the story of a cavalry horse and its owner who are shipped to France, soon caught up in enemy fire, fate takes ‘Joey’ the cavalry horse on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land, But Joeys owner Albert can not forget him and being to young to enlist, he embarks on a tremendous mission to find his beloved horse and bring him home.

The most inspirational aspect of this production apart from a completely different take on World War One are the astonishing life sized puppet horses used throughout the production. The movement of the puppets was incredibly life like, and the detail used by the puppeteers was truly brilliant, Each horse was controlled by three puppeteers manipulating the head, front legs and hindquarters movement work allowed them to use the animal frame to simulate equine breathing and movement with uncanny sensitivity.

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