One of the most acclaimed, controversial and gripping British thrillers of all time will be performed at Stockport Garrick Theatre between 10-17 March when Peter Shaffer’s “Equus” takes to the stage.
The story revolves around a young boy of 17 who has blinded 6 horses. The Magistrate, Hesther Saloman, feels that a psychiatrist named Dysart can save the boy and begs him to take the case. As the story progresses the boy gets inside Dysart’s head and he begins to examine his own life choices.
The play looks back over the young boy’s life to try and find out what made him take this terrible action: this includes his unnatural obsession with one horse in particular – Nugget. There are allusions to his religious mother’s influence and the play does contain some sexual content. There is also some male nudity.
However, Equus isn’t just renowned for its dark and complex storyline. The play also deploys a number of innovative techniques to heighten the tension and bring the animals fully to life.
Talking about the Garrick production, director Judy Corbett says:
“This is a complex, moving, drama with a sterling cast. I have tried to add a different dimension to the play with a minimal set in order that the performances can speak for themselves. The cast have put in a huge effort and I am sure the audience will be engrossed in the action.
I am also very pleased to have collaborated with students from Stockport College for the design and production of the horse’s heads.”
Tickets are £10.00 each / £8.50 concession (Mon-Thur). A 2-for-1 discount offer is available for Monday’s performance (cheaper ticket free). To book in advance, go to http://www.stockportgarrick.co.uk/whats-on or visit the Stockport Plaza Box Office in town.