Plays Directory : Equus

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Peter Shaffer
  • Written
    1973
  • Overview
    Equus is a play by Peter Shaffer written in 1973, telling the story of a psychiatrist who attempts to treat a young man who has a pathological religious/sexual fascination with horses.[1]

    Shaffer was inspired to write Equus when he heard of a crime involving a 17-year-old who blinded six horses in a small town near London.[2] He set out to construct a fictional account of what might have caused the incident, without knowing any of the details of the crime. The play's action is something of a detective story, involving the attempts of the child psychiatrist, Dr. Martin Dysart, to understand the cause of the boy's actions while wrestling with his own sense of purpose.[3]

    However, numerous other issues inform the narrative. Most important are religious and ritual sacrifice themes, and the manner in which character Alan Strang constructs a personal theology involving the horses and the supreme godhead, "Equus". Alan sees the horses as representative of God and confuses his adoration of his "God" with sexual attraction. Also important is Shaffer's examination of the conflict between personal values and satisfaction and societal mores, expectations and institutions. In reference to the play's classical structure, themes and characterization, Shaffer has discussed the conflict between Apollonian and Dionysian values and systems in human life.

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8 known characters

4 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Stevie Marabella
Stevie Marabella
Stage Manager
2020, DSM
Amanda Leon-Joyce
Amanda Leon-Joyce
Lighting Operator
2019, LX1
Trafalgar Studio 1
Ben Smith
Ben Smith
Sound Operator
2019, Sound 2 / Tech Swing
Trafalgar Studios
Luis Henson
Luis Henson
Assistant Stage Manager
2019, Assistant Stage Manager
TRSE & UK Tour
Nathalie Perthuisot
Nathalie Perthuisot
Assistant Stage Manager
2019, DSM Shadowing
Trafalgar Studios
Christopher McIntyre
2018, Harry Dalton
Conor Litten
Conor Litten
Actor
2018, Alan
Geoffrey Whitworth Theatre
Joanna Hoyes
Joanna Hoyes
Actor
2018, Jill Mason
Elliot Mitchell
Elliot Mitchell
Assistant Stage Manager
2018, Assistant Stage Manager with Book Cover
Crescent Theatre
Rachel Biggs
Rachel Biggs
Actor
2017, Dora Strang
Megan Green
Megan Green
Actor
2017, Dora Strang
Spring Arts Centre Havant
John Michael Kearns
2017, Harry Dalton
Richard Attenborough Centre
Seyan Sarvan
Seyan Sarvan
Actor
2017, Hesther
LCM
Jake Hagan
Jake Hagan
Actor
2017, Alan Strang
The London College of Music
Monica Wairimu
2017, Nurse
London college of music university of west London
Cathy Rackstraw
2017, Dora Strang
Sir Robert Martin Theatre
Matt Ronzani
Matt Ronzani
Copywriter
2017, Lead Actor
Imogen Brown
Imogen Brown
Set Designer
2017, Design Assistant
Simon Butler
Simon Butler
Actor
2017, Nugget, Horseman
Attenborough Arts Centre
Victoria Piper
2017, Dysart
Old Joint Stock Theatre