War Horse at the Bradford Alhambra Theatre

A review of the National Theatre's production of War Horse on tour at the Bradford Alhambra Theatre. 

War Horse at the Bradford Alhambra Theatre

On the 28th February 2018, I saw the production of War Horse at the Bradford Alhambra Theatre. The production is recently celebrating it's 10 year anniversary. The National Theatre's production is an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's children's novel War Horse. The production uses life sized handspring horse puppets created by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company. The story tells the relationship between a young boy called Albert and his horse Joey, who is sold to the British Army at the out break of World War One. The technical aspects of the production use little set, with a projected backdrop shaped into a ripped piece of paper with projected images and landscapes to usher the audience to each scenes set location.  Each horse puppet is operated by three puppeteers, the Head (who operates the head and ears) the Heart (who operates the horses front legs and the horses breath) and the Hind (who operates the two back legs and the tail) The incredible puppet's design makes no attempt to hide the puppeteers from the view of the audience, however the puppeteers do an amazing job of in-fixing the audience to the puppets by creating realistic horse mannerisms. 

This award winning production is suitable for all ages and I would highly recommend seeing this increadable production. War Horse is currently on a UK tour until 2019. More information can be found at http://www.warhorseonstage.com/ 

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Harriet Mayne

Harriet Mayne

Drama graduate, looking for work experience within the theatre industry in community theatre and live events. Gold Arts Award Student.

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3 Comments

  • Luke Taylor

    On 5 March 2018, 10:36 Luke Taylor Contributor commented:

    War Horse is an amazing work of art! Desperately need to see it in the theatre

  • Jo Gregg

    On 5 March 2018, 17:13 Jo Gregg commented:

    Just wondering, how many minutes does the play run for? Excluding any interval. Also was the play atmospheric? Thank you.

  • Harriet Mayne

    On 5 March 2018, 17:32 Harriet Mayne commented:

    War Horse is an amazing production! I would highly recommend seeing the production! The whole play's running time (including interval) is 2 hours and 45 mins long.

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