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:

Conor Litten
Conor Litten
Actor
2018, Alan
Geoffrey Whitworth Theatre
Jake Hagan
Jake Hagan
Actor
2017, Alan Strang
The London College of Music
Frederick Bowerman
2016, Alan Strang
Ashok Lynn-Bertoli
2016, Alan Strang
Arnolfini
Ed Theakston
Ed Theakston
Actor
2014, Alan Strang
Frenetic Theater
Henry Nott
Henry Nott
Actor
2014, Alan Strang
Chapter Arts Centre
George Horn
George Horn
Actor
2014, Alan Strang
Jack Whitehurst
2013, Alan Strang
Birmingham Hippodrome
Daniel Ellis
Daniel Ellis
Actor
2013, Alan Strang
The Forum Studio Theatre, Chester
Alyx Nazir
Alyx Nazir
Actor
2013, Alan Strang
Jack Brosnan
Jack Brosnan
Actor
2012, Alan Strang
Abbey Theatre
Adam Shawn Matthews
2011, Alan Strang
Michael Peck
Michael Peck
Actor
2011, Alan Strang
York St John University
Scott Burton
Scott Burton
Actor
2010, Alan
Workhouse Theatre
Stanley Eldridge
2010, Alan Strang
Stables Theatre, Hastings
Guy Adams
Guy Adams
Actor
2010, Alan Strang
Cameron Moore
2008, Alan Strang
Melton Theatre
Avi Tidhar
Avi Tidhar
Actor
2007, ALAN
David Vigroux
2007, Alan
Castres
Jonathan Howlett
2006, Alan
Medway Little Theatre