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During the decades of the grand rhetorical dramas, some friends of Shaffer tried to coax this lighter side out of hiding.
This is one of the few instances though where the let-down I felt at the end of the narrative didn’t completely destroy my enjoyment of the build-up. Retrieved 9 May I was not disappointed. Alan was traumatized, particularly when he realized that his father was lying when he tried to justify his presence in the theater.
Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. I had never seen it performed and knew t was about horses. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jan 4 – Jan A couple Saturdays ago I pulled it down to read. On the one hand, treating Alan will restore the boy back to normal society and relieve him of his immense pain. Alan reveals to Dysart that he had first encountered a horse at age six, on the beach. My students love how organized the handouts are and enjoy tracking the themes as a class.
However, this occurrence allows Alan to realize that sex is a natural thing for all men After turning 17, Alan took a job working in a shop selling electrical goods, where he met Jill Mason, an outgoing and free-spirited young woman. Alan’s mother, Dora, is a devout Christian who has read to him daily from the Bible.
We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. Thank You for Your Contribution! Rarely has a playwrite created an atmosphere and situation that so harshly pinpoint the spiritual and mental decay of modern man. Alan reveals that he wants to help the horses by removing the bit, which enslaves them. It’s all there in everyday life.
Peter Shaffer wanted to make elaborate theatre – and he succeeded
The question doesn’t come up for me as much when I reading Shakespeare, or the ancient Greeks, but nearly every other dramatic work I read rather than see on stage makes me wonder if I’ve bought a sack lunch from McDonald’s, and then sat in the Red Lobster parking lot to eat it.
The book is amazing; it will definitely be assigned reading. It doesn’t make them bad plays, but you wish there was something else.
Many thanks to Eric Kibler who recommended a handful of his favorites, Equus among them. Apart from the riches his production provided for the eyes, the other key to the Shaffer brand was that he wrote modern roles allowing great Shakespearean actors to use every note of their vocal instruments.
However the play only suggests his sexual orientation in a flashback to his childhood encounter with the horse and its rider, who are cast in specifically sexual terms.
Alan replaced the picture with one of a horse, with large, staring eyes. Branagh’s version of Henry V is pretty good–I doubt I’d have been as involved in a dry reading of the script although ‘We happy few If so, I I don’t care if it took Harry Potter to disrobe for people to finally see this masterwork.
Equus by Peter Shaffer
Please try again later. It’s easier to create someone who, as the main character in Peter Shaffer’s play, hurts animals in a fit of insanity and leave it at that, letting the audience mindlessly hate him, than it is to create a villain and really dig into his motives, Very minor spoilers.
Dysart instructs Alan to act out one of these petter, which turns out to be a ritual Alan has created in honor of the god Equus, a deity that he believes speaks from and lives in horses. First with John Dexter as director and then Hall, Shaffer created a shafffer of grand visual and gestural spectacle.
The Andes were also, in mime, crossed.