She exits the square, leaving Alan alone in the stable. However, as Dysart plunges deeper and deeper into Strangs psyche, he not only begins to question his own professional merit but begins to envy the World of passion and fantasy that the youth has retreated into. It is important that Frank once again plays the role of the aggressor and agitator: just as he forbade Alan from watching television and dragged him off of the horse on the beach, in removing the picture he separates his son from yet another object of passion. By the end of the novel, Dysart has fully adopted Alan's pain as his own, in the way that he has for so many children that came before. Eventually, Alan admits to Martin that he would secretly take horses away from the stables at night to ride them nude, chanting prayers to Equus until he reached orgasm, after which he caressed them lovingly.
He learns that, from an early age, Alan has been receiving conflicting viewpoints on religion from his parents. Dysart asks the boy to tell him about his rituals. Analysis As previously discussed, Jill was introduced as a test for Alan to determine whether or not he could redirect his passions to something that is more normal. Local controversy over the nude scene was largely mitigated by casting a married couple as Jill and Alan. Later came the Broadway productions that starred as Dysart later played by , , and and from the London production, Peter Firth as Alan.
Alan's mother, Dora, is a devout Christian who has read to him daily from the Bible. Shaffer also adapted his play for a 1977 film of the. It appears that Jill cannot comprehend Alan¡¦s devotion to Equus because it is so outside the realm of what is normally experienced in society. 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. The film stars , , , , , and. As Alan describes this memory for Dysart, he walks around the circle and acts it out onstage.
The production is directed by Helen Tonkin with original music scored by Brendan Maclean and Rhys D. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, this crucial element has to do with a horse. Once you get past that, you can do pretty much anything on stage. He promises to make Alan well and get rid of the nightmares. A rider approached him, and took him up on the horse.
The story concerns a psychiatrist treating a teenager who has blinded horses in a stable, attempting to find the root of his. Alan reveals to Dysart that he had first encountered a horse at age six, on the beach. Dysart abruptly ends the session, which upsets Alan—he wants more time with the psychiatrist. This practice has antagonized Alan's father Frank, a nonbeliever. Jill is disheartened at the idea of having twenty five pounds to purchase him. ¡¨ ¡§Down towards the tail and right through the coat. He tells Alan to sleep, and he does.
The dance studio my daughter goes to does a lot of unusual modern songs with ballet, like Michael Jackson songs. In 1976 it transferred to the Albery Theatre with Colin Blakely playing Dysart. Both Alan and the horse, therefore, are transformed into Christ-like figures who inflict pain upon themselves for a greater purpose—a purpose which we have not yet discovered. The doctor then leaves and enters the square. During this time he also begins to show a sexual attraction to horses, desiring to pet their thick coats, feel their muscular bodies and smell their sweat.
The first illustrated edition of the play text was produced as a large-format artist's book by the Old Stile Press, with images and an afterword by the British artist , in 2009. Frank returns home, and Dora resumes talking. As they snatch the knife from his grasp, Dysart wakes up. He tries to soothe Alan, telling him that it is finally all over now and Equus will leave him alone. Alan was visibly excited, but his parents found him and Frank pulled him violently off the horse. Shaffer asks his audience to focus less on why Alan himself is to blame for his crime, and to concentrate instead on the societal pressures that have led to this tragedy.
Director did double-duty in the role of Alan Strang. Numerous other issues inform the narrative. Money is tight and although Jill dreams of having and riding a pony of her own, she feels it is just that — a dream. Dysart apologizes for his persistence, but Alan is still fuming. The electronic appliances surround Alan in his workplace contrast starkly with his desire for the virility and nakedness of horses. The production was largely funded by donations on Kickstarter and was well received by critics and audiences alike. Equus repeats, over and over again, that he can see Alan at all times; this proves to be too much for Alan to bear, so he destroys this omniscient connection by blinding them.
In this light, television and consumer culture can be seen as religions to which modern society subscribes. Plot summary Act 1 as Martin in Equus, as directed by in May 1979 in. Through Harry Dalton, we get a brief glimpse into the public opinion of Alan Strang: people would rather see him in prison than in treatment, a sign of the extremely negative and unforgiving response to his crime, and that society sees Alan primarily as crazy and a criminal, as abnormal. I am yours and you are mine! He asks Alan if it felt good to stroke the horses, and Alan moans in agreement. This elitist attitude toward horses directly contrasts the raw and rugged cowboy culture depicted in the Westerns that Alan so loves. In addition, he is a proud man who, perhaps because of his lower class origins, seems to believe he has a reputation to uphold and who is particularly sensitive to anything perceived as a slight against him.
¡¨ When Alan is unable to have sex with Jill because Equus is watching him, she misinterprets his impotence as a result of his nervousness and, once again, we see a kind and genuinely caring side to her character as she tries to reassure and comfort him. Yes, you may use a selection from the Equus script. Other actors to play Dysart in the Broadway production were Leonard Nimoy and McCowen. ¡¨ Once again we sense Jill¡¦s attraction to Alan and her willingness to deceive both her mother and Mr. Frank¡¦s addition of ¡§I mean, real kinky ones, if you receive my meaning¡¨ and ¡§I had to put a stop to it once or twice! No history except tales from a desperate mother. Archived from on 29 October 2013. Also important is Shaffer's examination of the conflict between personal values and satisfaction and societal mores, expectations, and institutions.