I've actually seen this play twice. The first time, we didn't have a detailed expectation & we were overwhelmed by the whole theatrical experience. To say that the horses are 'puppets' doesn't begin to express how amazing they are. Even with the puppeteers in full view of the audience, the horses are 'real'. They breathe. When one was caught in barbed wire, the audience reaction was forboding & dread.
On one level, this is the story of a boy who loses his beloved horse when it requisitioned for the WW1 war effort & his yearning to be reunited. On another it is about the unbelievable number of horses slaughtered in France & appalling indignities that they suffered.
One feature of the staging is that a torn page from a sketchbook in the story is enlarged & suspended & used as a projection screen.
I cannot recommend this highly enough. Unmissable.
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