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Year 12 Theatre Studies Trip To See War Horse

On Thursday 22 January we visited the New London Theatre to watch Nick Stafford's adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's classic, War Horse.

Report by Meg Anderson (Year 12)

On Thursday 22 January we visited the New London Theatre to watch Nick Stafford's adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's classic, War Horse. Having experienced both the book and film I was interested to see the director's interpretation of this touching story.

Prior to the trip I had heard many positive reviews of the play; people specifically commended the actors' fantastic manipulation of the life-size puppets. The overwhelming aura of positivity surrounding the play meant my expectations were high. We visited the theatre with intentions to compile notes on the show and potentially to use them in the answering of Section A of our summer exam.

The trip provided us with not only a chance to experience one of the most highly-regarded plays in London, but it also presented us with many opportunities for analysis, consequently strengthening our chances of submitting strong exam pieces. The simplistic set contrasted uncannily with the beautiful equine puppets, taking on substance and soul before our very eyes, a result of the actors’ dexterous abilities. The inconspicuous movements, such as the twitching of the horse's ears, the rise and fall of its chest made it easy to forget that the horse was in fact a metal frame operated by three actors. Overall, I feel this technical adaptation of War Horse was a remarkable demonstration of how children's literature may be changed into the finest drama. It perfectly depicts how sometimes it's the subtle aspects that really bring a piece to life.

 

 

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