An explosive play that took critics and audiences by storm, Equus is Peter Shaffer's exploration of the way modern society has destroyed our ability to feel passion. Alan Strang is a disturbed youth whose dangerous obsession with horses leads him to commit an unspeakable act of violence. As psychiatrist Martin Dysart struggles to understand the motivation for Alan's brutal...more
this is so much more than that. this is one of the greatest works of drama (and psychology) i think ever written. we read this my senior year of high school, in my ap lit course, with mr. hackling (one of my favorite teachers ever). and we read it in conjunction with our philosophy of religion course, so that we had four-time...more
There's whispers the London production's coming stateside. If so, I...more
That single word probably most saliently and liminally sums up Peter Shaffer's seminal work, Equus. Passion is what affects Alan Strang so strongly, and what Dysart lacked at the opening of the play. Passion changes and plays with the two principal roles, slowly developing them before the audience's eyes.
I found Equus to be an insanely rewarding read for many reasons: firstly, because it really makes the reader think hard and imagine hard, not just because of its heavy material, but be...more
This play poses some very interesting questions in regards to people in society. The...more
Would be quite interesting to pair with Spring Awakening.
Interesting side note: This guy wrote Amadeus.
Look! Life is only comprehensible through a th...more
The beginning is extremely confusing, because there is this particular scene, where Alan and his mother quote the bible as fast as if they were playing ping-pong and I didn't understand anything at all. What do they want?, I asked myself.
But every scene you get more and mo...more
The play covers the case of Alan Strang, a boy who, with a tool, blinds six horses without explanation and is sent to a psychiatric ward, where he is examined and talked to by the head psychiatrist. Over the course of the play, t...more
A teenage boy undergoes therapy after committing a crime on the basis that "what the eye does not see, the heart does not grieve over". How and why could he do such a thing? That’s for the psychiatrist and audience to find out. Intense and dark,...more
"Equus" is a play following a teenage boy by the name of Alan Strang who stands accused of committing such a heinous crime. The play is told through the research of Alan's psychologist Dr. Dysart. Dr. Dysart's sessions are showed with Alan as he slowly begins to trust the doctor and allow insight into the mind of...more
Scripts are unique in that they require so much more from their reader. You have to consider the stage directions very seriously & put real effort into envisioning the playwright’s vision.
Equus was so well done that I found I was flying through the reading of...more
Recently I decided to read the script, which is sparer than the film. Thirty years later the play's tortured psychological revelations do feel a bit dated, but Equus is still a solid pi...more
I recently finished Equus by Peter Shaffer, and I already regard it as one of the best plays I've ever read. I'm not ashamed to say that I saw it a few years ago, mainly because Daniel Radcliffe was naked in it. Looking back, I think the most powerful part of the production was probably the horses; their physicality and movements were a visual masterpiece.
I was worried that seeing the play before reading it would taint its beauty, but instead, it allowed me to picture the the set and the horses....more
Unfortunately though, I ended up holding it in my hands as it was on the list of books-to-buy for the new school year. Sooner or later, I had to leaf its pages.
I will begin by saying that I never came across a play like this one before. In this play, a vivid imagi...more