By Peter Shaffer | Directed by Fiona Vail | By arrangement with Samuel French Ltd
Performance Dates: Wednesday 26 – Saturday 29 October @ 8.00pm
Written by Peter Shaffer, Equus chronicles the story of psychiatrist, Martin Dysart, who is attempting to treat Alan Strang, a young man with a pathological, religious fascination with horses. The play’s long-term international success reached new acclaim in London and on Broadway when it was revived in 2008 with Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe.
Due to the ages of the performers, please note that Equus will not feature any nudity (as is often the case with this particular play). The nature of this play is no less challenging or disturbing than last year’s youth group production of DNA, so the lower age recommendation for audience as well as the cast is 13 years of age.
Shaffer was inspired to write the play when he heard of a crime involving a 17 year-old boy who had blinded six horses in a small town. He set out to construct a fictional account of what might have caused the incident, without knowing any of the details of the crime. The play’s action unfolds as a detective story as the psychiatrist attempts to understand the cause of the boys’ actions, while also wrestling with his own sense of purpose in life.
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Tickets are £8.00 plus booking & transaction fee on Eventbrite. Please note not all tickets are available online for each performance. Please use the seat map below as a guide. Other tickets may be available from the Box Office: please call 07500 908331.