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

3 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Rachel Biggs
Rachel Biggs
Actor
2017, Dora Strang
Megan Green
Megan Green
Actor
2017, Dora Strang
Spring Arts Centre Havant
Cathy Rackstraw
2017, Dora Strang
Sir Robert Martin Theatre
Susannah May
Susannah May
Actor
2015, Dora Strang
Midlands Arts Centre
Sophia Miller de Vega
2014, Dora Strang
Edric Theatre + Studios, London
Joanna Waters
2012, Dora Strang
Beth Francome-Gibson
2011, Dora
Anna Kirke
Anna Kirke
Actor
2011, Dora Strang
UK tour
Bryonie Pritchard
2011, Dora Strang
Evie Scott
Evie Scott
Actor
2009, Dora
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Miranda French
2004, Dora Strang
Edinburgh C Venue
Marie Farrell
2001, Dora Strang
Laura Lonsdale
2001, Dora Strang
Lion Eagles Theatre
Anne Kavanagh
2001, Dora Strang
Coliseum Theatre, Oldham
Claire Bocking
2001, Dora Strang
Canberra Theatre Courtyard Studio, Australia
Sandra Evans
Sandra Evans
Actor
1995, Dora