The art of horse puppetry


3 Responses to “The art of horse puppetry”

  1. Reverend Loki says:

    I find myself relieved that this article wasn’t about the play “Equus”.

  2. chris2001 says:

    #2, the play *is* meant to be for children, so the accusation of sentimentality is a little beside the point.

    I saw it at the National too (it’s now in Drury Lane), and was completely floored by the puppetry. I had to keep reminding myself that the “stablehands” were leading the puppets, not following them.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I saw Warhorse in London and IMHO the puppets make the play (which is otherwise a little “a-boy-and-his-horse” sentimental). The thing that elevates the puppets beyond their remarkable engineering is the effort the puppeteers make to replicate the mannerisms and tics of a horse. All those mechanisms for the ears, tail etc. described in the article are used to create an astounding illusion of a living creature. The “puppet” WWI tank in Act 2 is also terrifying.

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