She appears to show compassion for Alan, and believes that his actions were those of a misunderstood boy who needs help. Dysart meets with Dalton, who tells him that he first held Alan to be a model worker, since he kept the stables immaculately clean and grooms the horses, including one named Nugget. It is a fast paced conversation with both the questions from Dysart and the answers from Alan being quite short. The National Theatre was established in 1963, and virtually all of Shaffer's subsequent work was done in its service. All of a sudden the sound of Equus fills the place.
Retrieved 31 December 2016 — via The Guardian. But the issues and ideas that the play concentrates on are deeper than that. Dysart is tasked with treating Alan because he is believed to be suffering from some sort of deep psychological disturbance. She is a devout Christian who read Alan passages from the Bible throughout his childhood. I love works that try to make you sympathize with the villain, rather than making them out to be barely human monsters, as so many books and movies tend to do.
He learns that, from an early age, Alan has been receiving conflicting viewpoints on religion from his parents. It both sustains and kills-like a god. But also-beyond question-I have cut from the parts of individuality repugnant to this god, in both his aspects. He is sent to psychiatrist Dr Martin Dysart, who begins to explore the boy's past in an attempt to understand his motives. GradeSaver, 20 May 2015 Web.
Very early on the psychologist makes a note of Alan's reciprocity during his sessions; the unabashed effort being covert or being blatantly verbally abusive to his doctor only showed the extent of devolution of his mind. He was most famous for the 1970 play Sleuth, which he later adapted into a film starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine. She insists that this all came from Alan, and Alan alone. Equus is the dramatization of a psychologically damaged young man, Alan, who, for no known reason, blinded six horses with a hoof pick at the stables he worked at. They both begin to strip, taking every item of clothing off their bodies. The antagonist's relationship with his horse and his twisted sexuality lead the reader down a trail of serious personal interpretation. Many thanks to Eric Kibler who recommended a handful of his favorites, Equus among them.
Personal Life Shaffer was homosexual but did not write explicitly about it. Shaffer twists every possible influencing factor that aids in mental development of a child thus making Alan's final act almost an inevitable response. The Express Tribune 12 March 2012. His canon contains a unique mix of philosophical dramas and satirical comedies. And one could say that by concentrating on the resolution to the boy's story, when all along it is really about the doctor's existential crisis is missing the point, and I would agree, but unfortunately the two are intertwined, and I felt that the one impinged on the other.
Why not Assyrian or Incan?!! Having taken the bulk of the story, narrating and guiding us from beginning to end, Penrose manages to deliver his lines with almost a poetic quality. Alan straightens up adamant, and stares straight ahead of him, over Jill lying on the floor. Dysart uses hypnosis on Alan to get him to describe what he used to do with the horses at night in the stables. The element that resonated with me most was the doctor's dilemma. As the play progresses, the psychologist takes the audience into the minds of the troubled young teen who blinded six horses. This scene is where Alan and Jill return from the cinema and are in the stable together.
Nugget The particular horse in Dalton's stables to which Alan feels a strong connection. Alan is very uncooperative at first, singing commercial jingles rather than answering Dysart's questions. In a Hampshire stable, disturbed youth Alan Strang, commits an unspeakable act of violence. For writing the screenplay for Equus, he was nominated for the 1977 Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar but the award went to Alvin Sargent, who wrote the screenplay for Julia. When Five Finger Exercise moved to New York City in 1959, it was equally well received and landed Shaffer the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Foreign Play.
The action takes place after the event in the hospital which the courts have remanded Alan, and while the crime is central to the play, the play revolves around the character of the psychiatrist, Dysart, who is tasked with 'curing' the boy. Most of the action takes place in Rokesby Psychiatric Hospital in southern England. Shaffer received two Academy Award nominations for adapting his plays Equus and Amadeus for the big screen. She then tells him to come to her. The main characters in Equus display a wide range of relationships to religion. The meta-question might be, 'Who cares? Dysart begins by asking Alan if he really put it in her and going into deeper detail, even up to and including how easy it was and how far he put it in. They go, and Frank turns out to be at the movie, too, resulting in an awkward encounter between Alan and his father.
Outraged, Alan takes a spike from the barn and blinds six of the horses. Alan mainly answers with one word and fast paced. Director did double duty in the role of Alan Strang. This production, featuring actors Sean Gilvary as Alan Strang and Steve Lambert as Martin Dysart, received rave reviews. I was given this play by a dear friend of mine. I kako se u srži te potpune vere uvek može naći jedna skrivena, skrovita mržnja prema tom istom božanstvu. U glavi sam konstantno zamišljao jedan jedinstven amalgam pozornice i filma, sa sve upečatljivom i jezivom horskom muzikom konja u topotu.
During this time, Alan also begins to develop a sexual attraction to horses, desiring to pet their thick coats, feel their muscular bodies, and smell their sweat. The play is a well written one with a very memorable story line and in depth characters. A journey into the mind of a seventeen-year-old stable-boy who had plunged a spike into the eyes of six horses, Equus ran for over 1,000 performances on Broadway. Leigh Cunningham as flirty Jill, once again lends her smokey tones and shows us, with complete ease, how pacing and rhythm is really done. La puesta en escena, prolijamente sugerida por el autor, es elaboradamente abstracta, combinando lo específicamente teatral con los símbolos y expresiones propios del caso clínico y su historia. Like most great works, it conflates several dichotomies without leaning too heavily on any of them.