note on a cork board

I sat down, got comfy and was watching an audience.  The audience was watching a play.  I was in another audience watching the same play.  The same play was being linked up live from their venue to my venue.  I was about to experience something new and I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Would I get distracted with my thoughts of feeling like I wasn’t really there, but was?  Would watching a play on a big screen feel too much like being at the cinema for me to enjoy the ‘theatre’ atmosphere?   Would I even feel the theatre experience?  Lost in my thoughts, the play began…

The first ‘thing’ I saw was indeed a ‘thing’.  It was the parts of a wooden/leather foal being held in the position/shape of a foal by 3 humans ‘acting out’ being a horse.  Odd.  But strangely realistic, strangely atmospheric and I was strangely drawn in from the word go.

A few scenes in and the foal dramatically yet seamlessly turned into ‘Joey’ the adult horse (excuse my lack of equine knowledge – this may not be the correct terminology).

There were now 2 humans actually inside the ‘carcass’ of the horse and it was absolutely incredible to watch.  The choreography, the stage direction and the ability of the actors to work together to bring the whole concept of adapting the novel ‘Warhorse’ to stage was mind-blowing and powerful.

I cannot not do justice to the outline of the novel by Michael Morpugo, the adapation of the novel to the stage or the deeply powerful themes of ‘Warhorse’ justice in a short blog post.  Therefore, I feel that less is more and instead will leave you with the aforementioned link about the novel and an image of ‘Joey’ the horse on stage… and yes I most certainly did get wrapped up in the theatre experience…


Picture source: Warhorseonstage.com

My #WordoftheWeek with The Reading Residence is ‘powerful’.

Even this word doesn’t quite hit the spot…



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  1. I saw ‘War Horse’ on stage and was blown away by it. Interestingly, my husband didn’t like the play so much, he got distracted by the ‘workings’ of the horse. SD

  2. I’d love to see that play, I hear such good things from everyone who has. bad I’ve watched live streaming of theatre at the cinema and really enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure it would work, but it really does. Thanks for sharing with #TheThemeGame

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