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Archived from the original on 27 April Equus is a study of disappointments, archetypes, iconography, contradictions, relationships, parenting, religion, passion, love, sex and then some.

I decided to try to read more drama as I enjoyed it in high school and took a Shakespeare and another drama course in college and since then had read none. Archived from the original on 30 December This was the first book that made me truly appreciate literature. A teenage boy blinding six horses in a fit of psychosexual mania? Sjaffer December 31, The themes and ideas that Schaffer presents us with up until the end are provocative and engaging and I don’t know that there are really answers to them, and the implied cause-and-effect solution that’s revealed in the peetr seems too pat to me.

Removing this disturbance comes with a price, as this disturbance is a product of Alan’s extreme passion. I actually wrote an essay on this play as a favour to a girlfriend years ago. The book is amazing; it will definitely be assigned reading.

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Internet URLs are the best. A couple Saturdays ago I pulled it down to read. What do you choose, passionless sanity or ecstasy-filled worship and obsession? A Human being is a pile of complexities.

I like the name Trojan for a horse but why do psychologists always refer to Greek mythology?? No one wonders if a film adaptation is necessary to complete a novel, but if you’ve seen Mel Gibson’s version, have you experienced enough ‘Hamlet-ness’ for it to be genuine?

The play asks us to consider: Contact our editors with your feedback. But he begins to open up after a series of terrible nightmares. Peter Hall, who directed Amadeus on stage, even suggested in his published diaries that the play, in which the mediocre composer Salieri is undermined by the arrival of the genius prodigy Mozart, was autobiographical. Act 1 Act 2. During this time, Alan also begins to develop a sexual attraction to horses, desiring to pet their thick coats, feel their muscular bodies, and smell their sweat.


I’m not much for either, so it’s probably YouTube and chill for me. The stage presentation is available on YouTube, and I plan on watching it soon, but I can well imagine that this would be powerful to see acted out.

Peter Shaffer wanted to make elaborate theatre – and he succeeded

You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. He comments that Alan Strang’s crime was extreme, but adds that just such extremity is needed to break free from the chains of existence.

Those who have a wider background in such things are probably well aware of this play–it won a Equus is the dramatization of a psychologically damaged young man, Alan, who, for no known reason, blinded six horses with a hoof pick at the stables he worked at.

First with John Dexter as director and then Hall, Shaffer created a theatre of grand visual and gestural spectacle. Archived qeuus the original on 10 October A rider approached him, and took him up on the horse. She visits the shop wanting to purchase blades for horse-clippers. The usually courteous Paul Scofield exploded, when the writer arrived with yet more new speeches close to the opening of Amadeus: Alan was visibly excited, but his parents found him and Frank pulled him violently off the horse.

Amadeus must be as close to a spoken opera as theatre has come. I will however pay it bg much homage.

Lord Byron, British Romantic poet and satirist whose poetry and personality captured the imagination…. The original text plus a side-by-side modern translation of every Shakespeare play. And those last few pages, ultimately, are what give this play, only pages and read through a mist of sleep as I shafter just woke up,its true power: In “Equus,” which took critics and public alike by storm and has gone on to become a modern classic, Peter Shaffer depicts the story of a deranged youth who blinds six horses with a spike.


With novels, the enterprise seems to me to be completed in the reader’s head; with a play, there doesn’t really seem to be a way to capture the thing-in-itself, as even a live performance is still dependent on the actors’ expertise in their roles–though that does seem to me to be the closest that we can get.

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Radcliffe began acting at age six when he appeared as a monkey in a school play. Parts sacred to rarer and more wonderful gods.

Mar 27, Adam Floridia rated it it was amazing Shelves: The plot is well built. At the hospital, Dysart has a great deal of difficulty making any kind of headway with Alan, who at first responds to questioning by singing TV advertising jingles.

I love works that try to make you sympathize with the villain, rather than making them out to be barely human monsters, as so many books and movies tend to do.

I have honestly assisted children in this room. If so, I I don’t care if it took Harry Potter to disrobe for people to finally see this masterwork. Does Alan want to have sex with Jill? The original stage production ran at the National Theatre in London between anddirected by John Dexter. I have talked away terrors and relieved many agonies. Shaffer was inspired to write Equus when he heard of a crime involving a year-old who blinded six horses in a small town near Suffolk.

Actually reading the play and finding out exactly what it’s about, cleared away my initial thought that this book is all about sex and horses. Archived from the original on 15 April And I found it quite engaging and cleverly handled, for the most part, without any of the falseness or staginess that I find in a lot of drama when it’s printed out in book form.