This Monday 7th January, we sent the lovely Claire Dutton, Superbreak’s Key Account Manager, down to London to see Warhorse, along with a few other lucky members of the Superbreak clan. Claire was so blown away by the show, she volunteered to write a guest post for us about her experience…
Last night I was invited to attend a showing of War Horse at the New London Theatre with some other Superbreak guests.
Obviously, I was aware of the show and I had thought about going to see it for some time. I hadn’t read the book or seen the recent Stephen Spielberg screen adaptation, but I was aware of the story so I was quite intrigued and excited about seeing a play in London, rather than the usual West End musical.
Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, it tells the story of a horse called Joey, his human friend Albert, and their journey from rural England through the horror of the First World War. The play is brought to life with some extraordinary puppetry from the South African Hand String Puppet Company. Within the first 10 minutes of the play, you forget that the life size horses are puppets and actually believe that they are living, breathing, galloping animals with personalities all of their own. The theatre itself is quite intimate and so everyone has a great view of the stage; you are drawn in, and actually feel you are living the story that is unfolding in front of you. This isn’t a play with ‘bells and whistles’ or lots of special effects and big orchestral numbers, but the acting, music and set design are so carefully and thoughtfully done that it is absolutely stunning. The story is obviously quite emotional and it’s incredibly moving throughout, but there are moments of light relief and so you find yourself crying one minute and then laughing the next!
I was totally blown away by War Horse; I thought that it was one of the best stage productions I had ever seen. I can see why it is so beloved by so many people and I can’t wait to go back and see it again.
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