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.
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.
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.
\"For all those men who say, \"Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free,\" here\'s an update for you: Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage. Why? Because women realize it\'s not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage.\"-
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.
What these animals do for us is far beyond measure.
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 Billy, I was told by the teachers, had been fostered by several different families, was withdrawn and so tormented by a stammer that by the age of seven he had given up speaking at all.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"