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  1. #1
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    Aug. 9, 2008

    Default Has anyone seen War Horse? Unbelievable Reviews

    I would not normally post something about a play, but reviews for this are beyond belief. For anyone living in the U.K. or visiting London, this sounds like something that is once in a lifetime. I read about it in my morning paper and found a video that the theatre company put out. The horses are created through life-size puppetry and are apparently breathtaking.
    If anyone has seen the play, I would love to hear feedback, as I am not in the U.K. Apparently the audience is weeping throughout.

    War Horse Video from National Theatre (London)

  2. #2
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    Dec. 27, 2005


    I followed your link and watched the video- it looks just stunning, and heartwrenching. I hope it makes its way to the US so I can go see it.
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  3. #3
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    Mar. 24, 2004
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    I haven't seen it, but would LOVE to. It looks amazing.

    More articles about it:

    Wow. Just wow.
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  4. #4
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    Nov. 17, 2004


    Wow that looks so cool! I am actually really impressed with how the horses move. I would love to see this play!

  5. #5
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    Feb. 7, 2005


    I had heard about The National Theatre doing this awhile back and wondered how they would pull it off. Having seen the video you posted. Absolutely, amazing. I wonder if they were inspired by Julie Taymor who's work I first saw in a play that involved incredible puppetry called "Juan Darien" at Lincoln Center in NYC. She went on to do the Lion King on Broadway.

    I would love to see this though I would have to be in a certain frame of mind because would cry buckets of tears watching this : (

    Heck I had to turn the channel off for a bit while I was watching the movie "Atonement" because I knew what was coming up on re: the Battle of Dunkirk beach scene with the horses.

  6. #6
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    Dec. 16, 2003
    Staunton, VA, USA

    Default Tribute to war horses

    There's a monument to war horses in a church yard somewhere in the south of England which has engraved on it the poem.

    Look back at our struggle for Freedom,
    Trace our present day's strength to its source,
    And you'll find that man's pathway to glory,
    Is strewn with the bones of the horse. Anon

    Over the centuries so many of them have died in our various wars and disputes.
    The day the Army stopped using them was a very good day for them.
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  7. #7
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    Jun. 4, 2002
    Suffolk, VA


    That looks very intersting!

    I remember this poem from the Civil War:

    It's the daily work of horses as they answer the spur and rein,
    mid quickened breath, mid the toll of death,
    through the mud, the holes, the rain...

    They walk with the spirit of heros and care not for the medal or cross,
    but for duty alone, into peril unknown,
    they go, never counting their loss.

  8. #8
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    Jul. 30, 2005


    I would love to see it. It looks amazing. Very sad too.

    Daydream- that quote always brings a tear to my eye. So very true, and so very sad
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  9. #9
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    Nov. 11, 2002
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    Read the book when I was a teen... LOVED it! By far my favorite horse book EVER!!! Glad it has been made into a play, but think it would be a fabulous film too.

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  10. #10
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    Jul. 20, 2003
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    Looks amazing! I just reserved the book at my library so I can understand the story. Hope the production comes to the US!
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  11. #11
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    Aug. 9, 2008


    Thank you Melyni and Daydream, those poems had me in tears. And, yes, I agree with Regal Grace that I would have to be in the right frame of mind to see that play and just accept that I would be sobbing.
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    Aug. 9, 2008


    Ok, so I am now sitting here blubbering because I just followed the link to the Telegraph article in the U.K. and read some background on how the author came up with the story. If this doesn't say it all, I don't know what does....

    The author explaining an incident that helped him create the story:

    "One incident in particular persuaded me that I could pull it off. A young boy from Birmingham came to the farm with his classmates some 25 years ago. Billy, I was told by the teachers, had been fostered by several different families, was withdrawn and so tormented by a stammer that by the age of seven he had given up speaking at all.

    One evening I had come to the farmhouse to read to the children. As I came into the stable yard behind the house I found Billy standing under the stable light, talking freely to one of the horses. He spoke confidently, knowing he was not being judged or mocked.

    And I had the very strong impression that the horse was listening, and understanding too. It was an unforgettable moment for all three of us, I think. It was that extraordinary moment that gave me the confidence I needed to begin writing War Horse"

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